Our Name and Our Purpose
“ For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
An old friend stopped by to visit yesterday. The Coast Guard Barque EAGLE came to Portsmouth and will be here all weekend. A good friend of mine is the sail master on board. As we were catching up with each other, some of the crew was heaving on some lines to ensure the mast was properly set. She was talking to me, yet was keeping a keen eye on her masts and the proceedings. She said “every line has a name, number, and purpose.”
Ponder that for a second as you look at the photo. Every line has a name, number, and purpose. Some would just see many lines, but my friend can point to a single line and tell me what it does. I am fascinated by tall ships and their ability to travel the globe, and the ability to do so comes from all of these lines, working together. Each line has its own purpose, and together, they form the rigging for each mast and each set of sails. Together they help put a ship in motion.
I sometimes wonder if, in these challenging times, we forget our unique-ness. As the Apostle Paul instructs the church at Ephesus he reminds the reader back then, and the reader today that whatever the world may heap upon a person, we must remember that we are God’s handiwork. We were created to do God’s work, and it is good.
We can look around and feel that those around us are doing great things while our work seems ordinary or even a failure. We can look around and see how others are living beautiful lives, and ours is a mess. Gentle reader take heart! You are God’s handiwork! You are gifted like no one else. Please remember that social media is not an accurate picture, just a chosen presentable picture!
We all have challenges, and yes we all have failures. But we all have successes too! Maybe not huge successes in the public eye, but successes that remind us that we have purpose and do good things. Each of us has a name and a purpose to God. Together we form a loving community that moves a Good News message out into the world. Let’s celebrate that our name is CHRISTIAN and our purpose is to simply be God’s handiwork in God’s world.
PRAYER: Gracious God, thank you for calling each of us by name! Thank you for giving us work to do in your world. Thank you for a loving community in which to move. Bless us, encourage us, and grant us your grace and peace. Amen.