Created To Do Good Works

Today is a housecleaning day. A wonderful devotion has been on my mind as I vacuum my floors and change the laundry and refill the dishwasher. Is my heart clean? Do I see the evidence of a clean heart in my life? Are the works God created for me to do being done?

I am so thankful that I live in a time when there are so many wonderful gadgets to help me accomplish my job as a homemaker. Washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, etc. What a blessing! As I think about these gadgets that have been uniquely designed and intricately created for their own specific tasks and purposes, I can’t help seeing them as a picture of each of us. We also have been uniquely designed and intricately created by God for specific tasks and purposes.

For we are Gods workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

I am amazed that God took the time and dedication to design me and create me to have a very specific and unique purpose. He has prepared very specific works for me to do. But I also know that I have been designed to do these works in Christ Jesus!! If I were to bring out my vacuum cleaner and start pushing it around my carpet, I could spend all day covering every square inch of my floor, but it would not accomplish the task it was designed to do if I do not first plug it in to a power source. In the same way, we can keep ourselves busy doing… but unless we have the power of Christ’s life flowing through us, our work is futile. But when we are plugged in to our power source, the works happen automatically… just as when I plug in my vacuum and turn on the power, it automatically starts doing what it is designed to do… vacuuming.

That is, if it is clean. Have you ever had a vacuum hose get so filled up with filthy debris that it becomes clogged, and unable to do the task it was designed to do? Yes, it is plugged in to the power source, but that power won’t work through the filth that is clogging it. If we have the power of Christ in our life, if we are plugged in to His power by spending time in His Word and surrendered to His will, but we are not seeing His power accomplish His will in our lives, perhaps we have allowed the filth of sin, such as pride, unforgiveness, self-pity, or any number of other sins, to clog our life. Perhaps it is time to clean out the “vacuum hose”, that is, repent, and let God’s power run through us again.