My life is not the product of my religious efforts to be more holy, to be more happy or to be more religious. But my life and my testimony is the product of His workmanship. God has placed His stamp of approval upon His workmanship.
“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,” says Ephesians 2:10
The Mirror Translation says: “We are engineered by His design, He manufactured us in Christ.” (Greek, poeima, we are His poem, God finds inspired expression of Christ in us.)
The word ‘poeima’ in the Greek is where we get our English word ‘poem’ from. It indicates a reference of elevated speech. We are an audience God gets poetic about!
God’s purpose for us is to discover in His Word that there is an inclusion and association that we share with His Son. Our destiny has always been to be conformed to the very image of the Son.
Romans 8:29 says: “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Consider the concepts as mentioned in this scripture:
He also predestined – planned your destiny beforehand
you to be conformed – to be of the same specification
to the image of His Son – of the inheritor (‘sonship’ means ‘heir’)
that He might be the firstborn – for He is the proto-type
among many brethren – of our human lives!
There is nothing of greater value or of greater worth or of greater priority, than the discovery of Christ’s reference in me. We must allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate this truth for us.
2 Peter 1:19 says: “You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the morning star rises in your heart.”
The word ‘to pay attention to’ literally means to become addicted to, giving yourself totally over to this word. You are to abandon yourself to the influence of the Word, allowing God’s revelation in you.