Wednesday, May 03, 2006

We Are God's Workmanship

Have you ever thought about what that meant?

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The Amplified puts it like this: “We are God’s own handiwork”. He fashioned us after himself, gave us knowledge of his will, the Holy Spirit to guide us so we would glorify God in our conversation, and, in all things, be holy.

Last night, at the monthly meeting of our Ladies’ Ministry, the speaker began with Ephesians 2:10, and, with all the conversation, we got no farther than that one verse. She thought she would be teaching on Ephesians 3, but, somehow, she turned back to Ephesians 2, and this verse jumped out at her.

We are God’s creation; nothing could ever change my mind about that. We are not products of evolution, for he did not make us one thing, and we gradually changed into a person. No, Genesis 2:7 says ‘"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Then, he took a rib from Adam, as he slept, and formed woman. We are God’s own handiwork. He is the perfect craftsman, one who formed man, and created every living thing on earth.

The Bible said, “God said”, “God saw”, “God called”, “God made” – there is nothing that says God ever gave a thought – or ‘studied’ for anything. There was no measuring, no plans – just GOD said, saw, called, and made! And, he fashioned us after HIS own image! It’s been said that we use only 10-20% of our brain. How do they know? I believe we simply do not live up to the potential that God gave us. We do not do things to stimulate the brain into action. In other words, we don’t go that extra mile in order to become more in life. We become complacent where we are, and think we’ll never do better, which is what happens, when ‘we decide’ we’ve done all we can do.

I’ve often heard that ‘if you don’t use it, you will lose it’ – and I think this applies to the knowledge stored in the brain. It is sort of like putting lettuce in the refrigerator. You let it sit for weeks on end, thinking the refrigerator will keep it fresh. When you go back to get it, it is limp and unusable. Same with our brain: we store information up, never going back to use it in any shape, form, or fashion. Then, when we try to remember those things stored that we haven’t used in maybe years, we can’t remember them. I don’t think this is what God intended. He did make us ‘in His image’, ‘in His likeness’, and I do not believe he has forgotten one thing about us; he even knows the number of the hairs on our head! And, sometimes, we can’t even remember what day it is! He didn’t make a flaw within us, but, from Adam and Eve’s time in the garden, when they disobeyed, we’ve had to suffer the consequences of their disobedience. His workmanship has become flawed; we are born with flaws. We develop diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia that impair our minds.

But, this in no way reflects on God’s perfect workmanship. There are qualities within this body that man could never clone. He may try to clone the body, but man can never clone the soul or spiritual nature. No matter how man tries, he will never be the perfect craftsman that God Almighty is and was the day he ‘made man in his image’.

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Carol said...

Wonderful reminder, Barb! I hadn't thought about the possibility of actually being able to fully utilize the entire brain. I don't know what it would take to maintain access to forgotten information. Do I even want to?

A lot to think about here. (No pun. Really.)

Barbara said...

I think we probably use the entire brain, but part is for memory, part for our motor skills, etc. And, the part we don't really utilize to the fullest is the memory or learning section. Perhaps our diet has something to do with that; who knows. :)

There's some things I might not want to remember, but most I would. I used to be able to quote Bible scripture with no problems. But, then, I was also younger. Maybe age has something to do with it. :)