Generous Life Devotional - Jan. 22, 2014

God has good works for you to do in your lifetime

Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,

which God prepared in advance for us to do.

“What am I doing in life?” This is a question many people ask at many points in their lives. “Why am I here?” “What is my purpose?” Purpose drives us; it helps us understand why we get out of bed each day. When we have an answer to that question of “why,” then we understand how to make it through both good and bad times. If we don’t have an answer to this question, then life will discourage us, it will confuse us, and it will leave us searching desperately for meaning.

The Bible tells us our purpose is in life: We are alive to glorify God. Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:10 that one of the ways God’s children can glorify Him is by doing the good works He has planned out for us. Paul tells us that we were designed to do good works; it is what we are meant for. And over the course of our new life in Christ, God has laid out for us a whole plan of good works we get to do.

So, Christians are meant to live out these good works. What does that mean? What exactly is a good work? Well, look around you, who do you see every day? Are there things you know you could do to be a blessing to those around you? Assess yourself. What kinds of things do you know how to do? It can be anything from playing music... to doing manual labor... to practicing medicine. Maybe you are just a friendly person. Whatever your talents may be, you can be generous with them for someone who is in their need.

“Who?” you say? Look into your heart – what do you ‘have a heart for?’ Do you love children? The elderly? Do you have a heart to fight poverty or help in education? Pursue the things that God has put on your heart. When we look at the world, we see there are so many good works that we can be doing. Every single day God has equipped you with the purpose and ability to live the generous life you were made for.

Today’s Generosity Challenge:

Go back and look at your entry from Day 13. Reflect back on that day’s entry and - through prayer - write down how you have been uniquely prepared for such a God-sized vision at http://GenerousLife.net/Day16.

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