For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
What if we took this verse to heart? What if we actually believed that there is intentionality in how we are made? What if we actually believed that there is intentionality in how we were made to live?
For the most part, we treat ourselves as if part of who we are is a mistake or some sort of cosmic bad break. We spend a lot of our time and energy attempting to change ourselves or compensate for our flaws.
If this passage is to be believed, then everything about us is of use to the Kingdom of God We see this clearly in 2 Corinthians 2 where Paul speaks about our own pain being used to prepare us to console the hurting of others. If our suffering can be redeemed into Kingdom good, then surely so too can every aspect of who we are.
Let us this day consider the things about ourselves that we typically hide. Let us begin to pray, asking God to reveal how even these might be part God’s intentionality for us. Then, let us invite God to show us how to fully apply ourselves to “the good works he has prepared to be our way of life.”
Jesus, we trust your vision of us. We trust the ways you can bless the world even through our weaknesses. Help us to live from that trust. Free us from the ways we limit ourselves in our disbelief. Free us to live for your kingdom. In Jesus name, Amen.