God Is the One Who Works (Devotional)

Ephesians 1:11-14 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will… Ephesians 1:11 Ephesians 1:11 refers to God in an unusual way. The verse does not say, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of God,” though this is clearly its meaning. Rather, the verse refers to God as “him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” The Greek phrase translated here as “him who works out” is actually a participle, “the one working [out].” It is a form of the verb energeo , which is linguistically related to our verb “to energize.” Energeo means “to be in action, to operate, to work, to effect.” Tomorrow, I will consider the implications of God working out everything according to his will . Today, I want to highlight the simple fact that God is working. God isn, 39;t just sitting up on his heavenly throne, gazing down on us with judgment or joy. God isn, 39;t hanging around waiting for us to do something. Rather, God is working. God is in action. God is doing things in the world for his purposes. This is nothing new, of course. The very first line of the Bible reveals God at work: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). God is active in creation and then, because of sin, in redemption and restoration. As Jesus says in the Gospel of John, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working” (John 5:17). And we too are working, or at least we should be. As beings created in the image of God, we are to be active as stewards of God, 39;s creation and participants in his redemptive activity as well. Our work is not just what we do to make a living. Rather, our work is essential to our living well, fruitfully, and meaningfully. That, 39;s why we speak of work as a high calling. QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER REFLECTION: Do you picture God as at work How might the truth that God is a worker impact your life PRAYER: Almighty God, how good to be reminded that you are at work. Thank you for the work you have done in creation, in redemption, and in my life. Thank you as well for calling me to share in your work. Help me to do this today and every day. Teach me to see my life as an opportunity to be, not only your servant, but also your coworker. And may I do everything for your purposes and glory. Amen . Images sourced via Creative Commons. Author Name: Mark D. Roberts

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