Works For God, Or Works Of God?

A few thoughts about the Creator’s creative work in us –

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

“The true expression of Christian character is not in good-doing, but in God-likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit divine characteristics in your life, not just good human characteristics. The secret of a Christian’s life is that the supernatural becomes natural in him as a result of the grace of God, and the experience of this becomes evident in the practical, everyday details of life.” –Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost for His Highest

I want to make this quote from Oswald Chambers into a plaque to be seen in my home as a daily reminder! This is the difference between flesh/works righteousness and the righteousness of God, the difference between doing things for God and the works of God.

Sometimes I think this is a tough point for Christians to comprehend. I know it was for me for a long time. Unfortunately it’s not always understood by clergy who encourage works for God, rather than the work of God as we offer ourself to the Holy Spirit, motivated by the Holy Spirit.

Consequently many Christians either lapse into an easy believe-ism modality, where – because “Jesus has saved me” – I can go on being a reprobate – or it becomes a matter of external pietistic behavior or ritualism, or church work, without a mighty Holy Spirit sea change within.

What it boils down to is that there isn’t anything along those lines that we can offer to God, but He has His own righteousness to apply to our inner man – the very thing we need that we cannot of ourself produce in any acceptable manner.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

What it boils down to is this: it’s not just a “faith position”; it’s a living spiritual reality where Christ takes His rightful position in us, and we in Him.

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