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Created for Good

Ephesians 2:1-10, NRSV

Reflections

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love.
— Reinhold Niebuhr, from
The Irony of American History

  • We all want to do good with our lives
  • But we always have reason to wait before we can do good
    • Fear of failure
    • Fear of lack of experience
  • Whenever we want to do good, evil is just around the corner
  • We don’t understand who we are
    • We are God’s creation, His masterpiece
    • We have more potential than we realize, but our brokenness can be doing great deal of harm
  • We don’t necessarily know what good is
    • Don’t be shocked by sin of us or other people
    • Don’t be surprised by the difficulties
  • We might be able to walk in the way of good works
    • God prepare us to do good
    • Instead of being good, we try to be busy, or just imagining being good
    • If we want to be good, be truly yourself
    • Not to worry about end results

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