Scripture Reading — Ephesians 2:1-10
We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works …
Ephesians 2:10 —
When my friends moved from one Canadian province to another, they didn’t know anyone in their new community. What was one of the first things they decided to do in the area? They volunteered at a food pantry and served holiday meals to people who were less fortunate. As they worked, they were surprised to see so many people from all walks of life in need of a free dinner.
During my seminary years I also spent some time volunteering at a food pantry. Our ministry included not only feeding the hungry and homeless but also sharing the gospel, providing advice on social services, and listening to life stories.
Today’s passage describes believers as “God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.” Doing good works is not a part of our salvation but rather our way of living out our faith.
What can you do as God’s handiwork to make a difference in your community?
Maybe you can support a local food bank or another outreach program. Maybe you can volunteer at your local church or a local non-profit organization. There are many people out there who are hungry for God’s love and our care.
Father God, we praise you for making us new creatures in Christ! In him you have shown us what true love is. Teach us how to love not only with words but also with tangible actions. Amen!