Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Work of Your Hands

Today's reflection on the Daily Texts:

Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. - Psalm 138:8

For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. - Ephesians 2:10

Two-year reading texts: Psalm 119:41-48; 2 Samuel 12; John 8:12-30

Scripture talks about humans being created in the image of God. We're made and molded to reflect something of God's own character into the world. In order to stay true to our creator and our purpose, it helps to keep paying attention to God. We trust, we rely on God for everything we need - including the knowledge of what it is that we really need! We try to live in obedience to God's design for us and our lives. We show gratitude when God's ways lead to abundant life beyond what we could have imagined.

Yesterday's scriptures drew a contrast between proclaiming ourselves and proclaiming God. We can choose to pursue our own ends, or God's; we can shape our lives so that they cry out about our own priorities, or God's. Today, the scriptures are a reminder that those choices are rooted in our sense of identity and connection with God. When we see ourselves as God's good creation, prepared to bear witness to God's goodness, it's easier to remember what choice to make. God's own image is our core reality, at work within us. We don't have to work up our own righteousness or holiness.

God, today I thank you for the act of creation, for making me and all others in your image, for calling us each to play our own part in your world. Thank you for making all things new in Christ Jesus, in us and through us, out of pure love. Help us to remember that it's you who created us, and you who lives through us, supplying everything we need. Give us rest from all other influences, and courage to live freely and boldly in your joy and freedom, bearing fruit for your kingdom and casting light into the world.

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