August 3, Thursday

The AMI QT Devotionals for July 31-August 6 are provided by Christine Li.  Christine, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, currently lives and works in New York City.  She serves at Remnant Church in Manhattan.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY

“Masterpieces on Display”
Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

In college, three friends and I completed our Senior Design project together. As a team, we spent a lot of effort brainstorming, building, and creating the final product–even using our own money to buy parts and finish it. We were quite proud of our final product. Naturally, that’s what we presented officially to our teachers and classmates: the final product. We never pulled out the simplistic proof-of-concept, the machine parts that burned out, or other rough drafts we had scrapped.

The things we are most proud of, the objects that show our talent, gifts, and skills are the ones we put on display. Isn’t it amazing that God’s word says that we are similar? We are not rough drafts or beings that He would rather hide. We are His handiwork—creations that He has meticulously shaped and created. And God has allowed us to roam around the earth to display His skill and artistry.

Perhaps today you and I don’t consider ourselves masterpieces. But the truth is that God, through Jesus Christ, has given each of us the great honor of displaying Him. This should lift up our heads to know that He has dreamed up and given each of us glorious new life, identity, and purpose. We are not forgotten by God, but rather we are His valuable, thoughtful creations.

We are bearing His image today! So, let’s reflect on what it means for us to individually bear His image. It is not meant to inflate our egos—instead, He has our work cut out for us. We each are meant to show the world a different facet of His character and goodness. Today, let’s take time to think about what it means for us to display who our God is and orient our lives around that purpose.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your love for us. How astounding that You have given each person specific purpose. Would You gently show us how You want to use us and help us not to waste our opportunities to display who You are. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: John 11


Lunch Break Study

Read Philippians 2:12-18: Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. 1Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.”
Questions to Consider

  1. What are the attributes of a believer who has had salvation work out in his/her life?
  2. What are the results of having this salvation life transforming our lives?
  3. Why is “fear and trembling” important to mention when it comes to working out our salvation? Are we doing the same in our sanctification process with God?

Notes

  1. Attributes of our salvation changing us include a cheerful, uncomplaining spirit (v. 15), a purity that is set-apart from the world (v. 15), and a steadfast faith (v. 16).
  2. Not only is God displayed as we present a different character than that of the world; other believers, like Paul, will also give praise and glory to God from seeing our faith bearing fruit in character and witness.
  3. The word says that ”it is God who works in you to will and to act,” meaning that any kind of transformation comes directly from God, not our own attempt at behavior modification. Therefore, our ability to transform ourselves is wholly dependent on the God who shapes us! Let’s take dependence on Him as our role in this transformation.

Evening Reflection

Was there an opportunity for you today to display God? Let’s reflect on a particular conversation or an acquaintance that He might be giving us opportunity to represent our Savior, and pray for more chances tomorrow.

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