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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Poetry in Motion {Ephesians 2:8-10}

Now, I want to be clear about something here. We’ve been talking a lot about works- our actions, behaviors, what we do- at this point in Ephesians. But works, while part of the Christian lifestyle, are not the source of our salvation.

“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.”

We’ve been saved by grace. God pursues us, plain and simple. Christ died for us, to save us, before we were even awake to our need for him. We did nothing, absolutely nothing, to earn this grace, and there’s nothing we can do to ever deserve it. 

I have trouble with that, to be honest. Along with the Midwest nice that gets in the way of dealing with conflicts in the right way, we also have this pesky Midwest work ethic. I don’t do undeserved or unearned very well. But when I set aside my own pride and look at the sacrifice of Christ- what amazing love. 

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” 

We’ve been created, saved by unearned grace, so that we might do good works. It’s our purpose.
Now, this verse is so beautiful, but the English language translations are bad at communicating that. 

The word “workmanship,” or sometimes translated as “handiwork?’ A better translation of the original Greek for that word is actually something more akin to "poetry."

We are God’s poetry

And what is poetry, after all? Poetry is truth- truth spoken in a beautiful and unique way. 

We are each a poem that God has written- you express beauty and truth in a way no one else can.
Poetry we are- but more than that. We’re poetry in motion- moving, living, breathing- active. We’ve been given a purpose, given tasks (and your tasks are different than mine or hers!) into which only our specific poetry can speak truth. 

And living a God-honoring, holy lifestyle, doing those works- that is our song of gratitude to God. 

And that’s why we live a certain way, behave a certain way- so that the poem of our lives is unfettered and is spoken clearly to a world searching for truth.



  1. I'm joining you from one of the Wednesday bloghops (darn if I can remember which one now, lol). Your words are inspiring this morning! I've never thought of me, myself, being God's poetry, but what a perfect reminder to our individual beauty.

    1. Well thanks for stopping by! I heard a sermon/message on this verse, and couldn't help but share! It was a great reminder to me that my individuality- the quirks and talents and the fact that I have no spatial skills- all those things are just part of my particular poem. Some poems ramble, some have big words, some are simple... and the Poet made us all to speak into a particular need in our world. How glorious!


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