About 25 years ago, I met regularly with two gentlemen from my church. Dean and Dave were a little older than me both in age and in spiritual maturity. They used a new believer bible study to mentor and disciple me while strengthening the foundation of their own faith. Part of the study included bible verse memorization. My favorite verses quickly became Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus TO DO good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. For me, these three verses concisely yet completely explain the path to salvation (faith – not works) as well as the desired response (do good works) to that gift.
Anyone that knows me today knows that I have certainly made my share of mistakes and not always “acted Christian”. However, as Bob Carlisle lyricized in Butterfly Kisses, “With all that I’ve done wrong, I must have done something right.” The evidence is in my wonderful wife and three magnificent children – all unique gifts from God. My oldest – Christina Roberts (pictured above) – is a Freshman at Azusa Pacific University (www.apu.edu). She loves God and has a tremendous heart for missions and was CREATED TO DO amazing works to advance His kingdom. I anxiously await the day when she will share her heart with the world through this blog.
What were you CREATED TO DO?