On the first Sunday of 2012 I knew that the church I serve needed a challenge for the year. People are always making resolutions on January 1. You know how it goes: "This year I'm going to lose 20 pounds." "This year my resolution is to learn Biblical Greek," etc. We rarely succeed, but it always feels good to give it a try. Well, I felt called to challenge Kalama Naz with one of my favorite verses. That's right - it's Ephesians 2:10.
What makes Ephesians 2:10 worth knowing? As I told the congregation, the Apostle Paul is calling us into the work that God is already doing in the world. Check out the context. Paul tells us in previous verses that God . . .
made us alive
raised us up, and
seated us with Christ in the heavenlies.
In other words, God is in the business of saving people from death and giving us life beyond our earthly dreams. We call that a "good work." So also, we are called to participate in that "good work." Quoting Paul again, we are "created in Christ Jesus for good works." Hmm . . . could it be that loving people, listening to people, and just being present with people is a saving activity?