The Adoption Is Official: Now Get to Work!
August 29, 2014
Key Verse: Ephesians 2:8–10
By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Many Christians think of salvation in Christ as “fire insurance” against the flames of hell. That is the excuse many among us give who do not live right, do not care, and do not work! All that most of us heard was, “Go to church and get saved.” We even like to stand up and testify, “We are so glad that all our children are saved.”
It is true that God’s grace saves us, not our works, and it is also true that we have the bad habit of reading only the first part of a Scripture passage. Paul makes it clear in Ephesians 2:10 that we were created to work! The work starts after the adoption papers are signed and sealed in the Holy Ghost! This is the activity Paul was talking about in his letter to the Philippians when he wrote, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12 nkjv). God saves us, but He expects us to keep His commands and do the work of the ministry as responsible members of His kingdom family. The kingdom is a family affair, and every family member is a working member.
For all these reasons, I am not satisfied simply to know that my children are saved. I will be satisfied only when I know that my children are walking in the ways of God as true disciples, rightly dividing the Word of truth. I will be satisfied when my children clearly understand their destiny and follow in the multigenerational anointing God has placed in me.
Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your grace—not only to be saved, but also to do the good works You ordained for me. I also pray for the next generation of folks, that they will embrace the work of the kingdom along with the gift of life. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.