Alive in Christ

You are God’s handiwork! You are a masterpiece of God’s goodness! Your life is an expression of God’s artistry! Since you have put your faith in Christ, your life reflects the incomparable riches of God’s grace expressed through his kindness to you in Christ Jesus!

Your job is something that God uniquely prepared in advance for you to do! There is nobody else in the world who can do what you are doing. Your work is not just some random task to line the pockets of the shareholders of your company. Your work is not just something you do to satisfy your desires, or to define your identity. Your work is good work, for you work for God!

When you were physically separated from God, the giver of life, you were pursuing your work independent of God. At that time you may have enjoyed your work and the opportunity to use your skills and abilities. Or you may have seen your work as a means of defining your identity or a means for power or self-advancement. Others of you may have perceived your work as a means of acquiring material possessions or for satisfying selfish or lustful desires. However you experienced your work, eventually you would realize that work could never bring life to your soul.

But God’s great love has changed all this! When God’s incomparably great power raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, God created a way that by faith you could enter into God’s Kingdom. It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Eph 2:8).

God who is rich in mercy has made you alive with Christ! God’s power which raised Christ from the dead, by faith has raised you up with Christ and seated you with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

You have moved from death to resurrection life. You have moved from selfish autonomy to union with Christ. You have moved from deserving God’s wrath to experiencing God’s mercy, love, kindness and grace.

Now your identity is defined as God’s child. Now you have experienced God’s incomparable great power. Now you know that every good thing including your work, your abilities, your skills and your knowledge comes from your loving Heavenly Father.!

Being seated with Christ in the heavenly places God enables you to be filled with joy when work is going well, and when it’s not. You have access to God’s wisdom and power to address every insurmountable problem in your work (large or small)

Having experienced the riches of God’s mercy and the greatness of God’s love your orientation has shifted from seeking love from the people around you to showing God’s love and mercy to those around you. Now your life has meaning and purpose. Now you live your life by faith in the Son of God, who loved you and gave himself for you (Gal 2:20).

Don’t wander away from the amazing love and rich mercy of God to satisfy the cravings of your flesh or to chase after the things of this world. When you succumb to temptation, your life no longer reflects God’s grace or artistry. But when you succumb to temptation (which we all do for the old order still wants to define who we are) God in his incredible love and immense mercy is waiting to forgive you. God’s power is sufficient to deliver you from whatever evil you may find yourself entangled in and restore you to intimate union with Christ.

Christ is sufficient! What does this world have to offer you that compares to what you have seated in the heavenly realms in Christ?

By faith, you know that your work has meaning and purpose because your work is something that God has prepared just for you to do. By faith you know that the meaning and purpose for your life is not found in your work but found in Christ!

God continues to shower grace and kindness upon you in Christ Jesus! Continue to walk in the good works which God prepared beforehand for you!

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