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:

[box]“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”[/box]

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:

[box]“Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”[/box]

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:

[box]“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”[/box]Remember that slogan: WWJD? “What would Jesus do?” That slogan can be abused, but the heart of the question is the challenge to consider what we know of Jesus (according to the Word) and let that determine our actions. Whatever we do . . . let it be done in the name of Jesus.

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:

  1. 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?
  1. 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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