When you first meet someone, often they ask you “What do you do?” While we do not want to be defined by our occupation, it is a very common means of getting to know someone. Over my lifetime there have been many answers to that question. At one time I was a member of a bull gang at a paper mill, another time I was an administrative assistant, yet again a pastor, a teacher, a mechanic, a carpenter, electrician, school bus driver, and on and on. Truth be told, I did what I had to do, when I had to do it. The major work of my life has been “Servant of Jesus Christ.”
In your relationship with God, have you ever asked yourself “What does He do?” Now I know that God has done and is doing a lot of different things. He is the creator, He sustains what He makes, and He is the protector of the weak as well as their provider. I am sure you could add many things that I have not listed.
A while back I was reading Philippians 2:13 (TLB), “13 For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.”
The words “God is at work within you,” jumped out at me. It was as if God was saying to me “You are my work,” and I realized how important I was to God; so important that He was working in me! He has a lot on His plate. After all, He watches over the universe, our world, our country, our State, our county, our church, and I was way down on the list… or, so I thought.
He showed me how much He cared for me. Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV) says, “3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.’”
In Ephesians 2:10 (NIV), “10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” The word workmanship is telling me God put a lot of planning and care in how He is working in me. His plans include using me to do His works for Him and in His Name.
Then He showed me how much He thought of the Church. 2 Corinthians 2:14 (AMP), “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere.”
The picture Paul is setting before us is of the Roman soldiers coming home from battle and parading the spoils of war before the emperor. Christ has gone to battle with Satan for the souls of men. He has won and now we are His trophies to be displayed before all of heaven. God is saying, “Look at what My grace can do! These are the results of My power at work in those who chose to believe.
Can you believe it? God is so proud of His work is us that He will parade us through the entire universe as trophies of the power of His right arm. You are important to God. Believe it! Act on it! Rest in it!