Off-key Kazoo

An acorn holds the master plan for an oak tree. The DNA of a towering tree is in that seed.

When one hears the Gospel and accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the result is a changed life. The DNA for that changed life is implanted by God into a believer as a gift.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10

A powerful result of accepting God’s salvation is He recreates believers in Christ Jesus for good works. As God created this universe from nothing, he takes a life totally perverted by sin and remakes it for a new purpose. His purpose includes glorifying Him in worship, loving His family in fellowship, becoming like Christ in discipleship, serving one another in ministry, and marching to a mission sharing this good news.

Sure you are able to do something good to someone else, but your life will never be changed by any number of good deeds. You can give your child a bicycle, feed a homeless man, or help an elderly lady change a flat tire. But these acts of kindness will never give you eternal life or transform you into a child of God.

Rejecting Jesus Christ as Savior is to reject the Father in heaven who sent Him. No one can attain salvation by being good enough. The good works described in Ephesians 2:10 are the powerful result of accepting Christ as Savior.

Two errors have haunted the church for centuries regarding good works. The first is attempting to achieve salvation by good works. Moralism or attempting self-righteousness by living a good life is heresy. Salvation is a gift, not earned by good works, so that no one can boast about it.

The second error is forgetting that good works is a result of salvation. Some wrongly think that someone can receive God’s grace and forgiveness and then live any way they want. The more they sin the more grace they get. They believe someone can get a ticket to heaven and then live like hell. This again is heresy and denies the Lordship of Christ.

The powerful result of believing and receiving the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that the believer becomes God’s “workmanship.” The root word for workmanship is the source for our English word poem. The changed life is a work of art, a masterpiece, a handiwork of God. God transforms us from an off-key kazoo to a Stradivarius in the Master’s hands.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

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Pastor Denny

Pastor, Husband, Father, PawPa

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