After rubbing cold, blue jelly on my belly, the technician swiveled the ultrasound monitor to give us a better view. My husband reached over to grab my hand while the tech ran the probe slowly across my abdomen. And then, there she was—our precious daughter—alive with activity; swimming and dancing like an energetic ballerina. Even though those moments are decades behind us, I still vividly remember our first glimpse of our daughter—in-utero!
From the first cells that God forms in the womb, we are a wonder. We are a wonder because we are His workmanship, prepared for a glorious purpose. I love how Ephesians 2:10 states this so clearly:
The beauty of this verse is found in the words “in Christ.” At birth, we bear the stamp of His likeness, but at our “new birth,” we reveal His divine nature at work in our lives. We are a new creation, His workmanship, handcrafted for His purposes, and in this verse He gives us a clue about that purpose.
The Greek word translated “workmanship” is used only twice in the New Testament. We find it here and in Romans 1:20:
See those words: “what has been made”? That is translated from the same Greek word that is used for “God’s workmanship” in Ephesians 2:10. In both places where we find this word, we also find our purpose recorded: revealing God’s reality.
This was God’s plan for you before you were born.
Before He knit you together in the womb, He was delighting in the fact that you would bear His divine image and reveal His reality.
We “reveal His reality” as we live our lives as described in Colossians 3:17:
How do you do that in real life practical ways?
As we continue our study of Colossians, it is crucial that we realize this as our purpose for living. This is why we were created—to bring God glory through every word and deed.
Join me in reading Colossians 3 again and answering these questions:
- Verse 17 is one of the most important commands of the New Testament. Does this command serve as your motive for living? Does this command shape and develop your daily actions?
- What command is reiterated in v. 17 that was also given in v. 16? What other places have we found thankfulness mentioned in Colossians?
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Welcome! I’m glad you’re spending a few moments with me here. It is astounding to think that in this small corner of the blogger world, women from across the globe can experience the adventure of growing together in Christ. I never planned to grow up and be a blogger but writing blogs allows me to disciple more women than I would ever have opportunity to actually meet.
My reason for writing is that I have to. This driving impulse to communicate God’s reality and goodness to others is like a burning fire. Because of who He is, the desire for others to know and love Him consumes me. He is my passion and I don’t want to waste a single day, but cram each moment full of living all out for His glory. I long for the day when all will know that He alone is God.
Kimberly Wagner is married to her favorite pastor, LeRoy Wagner. Their children include Caleb and his wife Lindsey; Rachel and her husband Adam, and their daughter Teagan.
Kim’s passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women’s pursuit of God’s glory. She is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog and the Beyond BathTime blog. Kim has written several devotionals and resource materials for women and loves encouraging women to become students of the Word.
A dream was realized when I attended the first True Woman Conference in 2008. I’ll never forget looking around at thousands of women, freely worshipping God together, embracing their calling as women, and thinking, He’s doing it, He is birthing this movement!
In the late 1990s my friend, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, gave me two books that made a significant impact on my life. True Woman by Susan Hunt and The Feminist Gospel (later revised and entitled The Feminist Mistake) by Mary Kassian. My eyes were opened to how the feminist philosophy has permeated our culture and what a loss we’ve experienced as a result.Read more