"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago." (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)
A few years ago at the beginning of an HMA I was studying Ephesians. Before leaving France, I felt like God told me to share my story of His transformation to whomever and wherever I had the chance. However, as the fall progressed, I really started to wonder if I was doing anything significant. In October, as I meditated on this verse in Ephesians, I prayed, "I’m not sure I am doing the good works You have lined up for me to do. I feel like it would be easier to 'do' something other than just share my story…" The next few months, God took me on a journey—at times helping me see how I was striving to make myself important, and at other times helping me to walk in obedience and tell my story.
Fast forward a few months to when I began to prepare for our family’s return to France. As the details began to overwhelm me, I decided to go back through my journal for encouragement, and I found my prayer from Ephesians 2:10. Six months had passed and I was able to clearly see the "works He had planned" for me. Through obedience in sharing my story, God brought incredible ministry opportunities. I was blown away by God’s preparation, faithfulness, and care.
The ministry that He brought across my path was fulfilling, but being able to read my journal and see the progression from doubting what God was asking me to do to then seeing how He fulfilled it, has strengthened my faith in His goodness and faithfulness. Now when I read this verse in Ephesians 2, it is like a marker of His faithfulness. I can say without a doubt, "Yes, He has prepared good things for me to do."
I need these markers in my life—verses that I have seen fulfilled in my life. These markers allow me to have faith in the things that I cannot see, and may not see for a long time—or ever. Especially in times of doubt, I need to be able to go back over the indisputable times that I’ve seen God’s work in my life. And sometimes when I’m particularly discouraged, it’s the markers of others, their testimonies of God’s goodness, that keep me going.
We can’t underestimate what recounting the stories of God’s goodness can do for our faith and the faith of those around us.
For Reflection: "We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, 'What do these stones mean?' Then you can tell them, 'They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.' These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever." (Joshua 4:6-7, NLT)
As you think through your life, what are the “stones” that stand as a memorial to God’s faithfulness in your life?
Do you have a method to help you remember what God is doing and has done in your life? What helps you to keep those testimonies before you?
Are you always ready to share testimonies of God’s faithfulness with those around you? What can you do to stay prepared to share what God’s doing in your life?