After writing we are saved by God’s grace and not by works, Paul now says that there should definitely be good works. Here we are told to work, but that it is God who is at work. This truth is the mystery of the Christian life in a sentence.
Our verse today sheds even more light on Paul’s statement in Philippians. We are God’s workmanship—His masterpiece or work of art. We have been saved by grace and given the gift of salvation for a reason, that good works be done to the glory of God. We are His work, created by Him to bless others in good works. Furthermore, God has ordained the good works for us.
Life is most satisfying when we discover and do those good deeds for which we were created. Joy is the byproduct of fulfilling our mission. It is the path to greatest happiness in life to complete our purpose by doing the deeds God prepared for us. God gave us our personality, our gifts, and our talents to equip us for the works He planned for us.
So, today, let us all be on the alert to do these deeds ordained for us in a way that does not bring glory to ourselves, but brings glory to the One who created us.