Mid Week Devotion 03/03/2021 “God’s Handiwork”
Good morning, afternoon or evening, depending on when you are watching this March 3 mid-week devotion. I want to extend a greeting to those of who are joining in today, however you found us, welcome! My name is Pastor Mel, I trust you find this space comforting, refreshing and safe as we continue to journey through life together.
There will be no General Conference this year, a special meeting will determine how an online General Conference can be established for 2022.
Rusti Cummings is asking for continued prayers for Brandon Kay.
Tom and Peggy Jordan are asking for prayers for Dallas, Ashley and the whole Taylor family.
Joys and concern for TJ Atchison, he is home now, but prayers are still needed for his healing.
Prayers for Kevin Hinkle’s family as his dad battles with Covid-19
Karen Decker is asking for prayers for her family. They are excited and extremely concerned about the possibility of her daughter-in-law receiving a double lung transplant.
Sad news to report on the passing of Amy Hrynewych’s mother.
Prayers for Jackie Wilhem who is in the hospital with breathing issues.
PRAYER (Throughout Lent)
Jesus, bless what you have given,
Help our appreciation of all that we have received.
Feed our souls again on this day with bread from heaven.
We invite to be within our hands, and mouths and hearts.
Guide and lead us on our Lenten journey. Amen
Now, Lord, be with us as we pray the words which you have given to us;
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, For ever. Amen.
SCRIPTURE – Ephesians 2:6-10
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show us the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
May God add a blessing to the reading and hearing of the Word.
I have entitled this devotion, “God’s Handiwork”
DEVOTION: “God’s Handiwork”
Do you recall receiving a handmade gift from one of your children or grandchildren. One of those crafts that started with a plain piece of construction paper folded in half. As the child poured their heart in to their work that piece of paper became a card, maybe for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day or maybe another special occasion.
That handmade card did not resemble the fancy store bought card, this one was unique. It had way too much glue, way too much glitter and way too many dried macaroni noodles. Compared to that store bought card it was a mess, but this card was handmade for you. You were constantly in the creator’s mind the whole time the design was brought to life.
Those kind of gifts hold a special place in our hearts because we knew that our child wanted to make us smile. They wanted us to have a warm thought as we tried to read the misspelled words. In my own personal theology, this is how God views my efforts. I produce those imperfect gifts with my childlike mind wanting to please God. I believe, in some ways God is pleased with my efforts.
After all I am God’s handiwork, I learn from following Jesus. The whole time I work on my glitter covered card I see the example the teacher created. It sits on the desk in front of the class. I can see how it has balance in color and depth. I can see that example and I try to emulate it.
I know now, from looking back, the cards I create later in life have a bit more professional look. Yet, Also know that it is who God’s loves the card that it is made perfect. It is the exchange, the acceptance fo the gift that matters most. God gifts me, I use those gifts and produce a gift to return to God. In that exchange, the grace of God creates a masterpiece, worthy of the fanciest museum.
I mention this gift we create as an example of ourselves, we are God’s handiwork. Sin has made us imperfect, yet as Paul writes, “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
The gift God gives is perfect, but we cannot see it perfectly, so we do our best and pray that God will perfect us. Paul tells us through grace we have been saved and will live with God in perfection for eternity. We are not there yet, we still live in the promise of what is yet to come.
For today, in our Lenten journey we need to know that all we do for God is a blessed work, not because we attempt it, but because God accepts it. Paul mentions the word kindness, a word we don’t often associate with Lent. Yet, it is the kindness of God that allows us to separated from sin and death. Christ was kind when our punishment was taken away.
So as part of our Lenten walk, let us go forth into tomorrow with the thought of kindness on our hearts and in our minds and especially in our mouths. The kindness of Christ is perfect and when we try to be kind God will help us perfect our efforts as well. So be bold in your efforts to please God with your handcrafted card of kindness, and know you are blessed.
May God’s peace be with you until we meet again, stay safe and God bless.