Shepherd Daily Devotional – Fulfilling God’s Will

Written By Ben Dankaka

Meditation – Ephesians 2:10

Paul said to the Ephesians, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This statement reiterates God’s original plan for us. Recall that when God created Adam His plan was for man to rule the earth. God didn’t just create us to exist without a purpose. Like every other thing that God created, man was created to influence the world. So Paul’s statement to the Church in Ephesus was a reminder that God has preordained us to do good works on earth. Paul needed to stress this point because man has been held captive by the ways of the world. In contrast to doing good works, man has been preoccupied by evil practices. Therefore, it is our fixation with sin that actually distracts us from fulfilling our divine assignment.

Thank God, through Jesus Christ we have been restored to do what God originally intended. But if you are going to fulfill God’s original plan, knowing and accepting Jesus is just the beginning. The real secret to fulfilling your divine assignment is found in the scriptures. The Bible is the manual for fulfilling God’s will for our lives. Just as people have to study laws before becoming lawyers, we all have to study the scriptures in order to learn how to fulfill God’s specific plan for us. So the Bible is not just a book that talks about the history of a people. Also, don’t think of the Bible as a book containing a set of laws for religious people. The Bible is God’s instructive manual intended to help you solve life’s most important topics: where you came from, who you are, why you were born, where you are going and how to fulfill your purpose.  

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to fulfill my destiny. Amen.

REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Ephesians 2:1-10; Genesis 1:26-28.

Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.