For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has ordained that we should walk in them. (Eph. 2:10, KJV)
The Ten Commandments sound like a lot of “do this” and “don’t do that”. The New Testament makes it sounds like obeying will be automatic after accepting Christ. I was caught between obeying the commandments and not doing works.
My first glimpse of Jesus’ righteousness happened while waiting in line at the store. I felt impatient. Suddenly I lost my impatience and could look around without being mad. I felt friendlier with those in front of me. My reaction was, “So this is what it feels like to be truly righteous!”
The New Testament talks about walking in the Spirit to be righteous. While studying the phrase “walk in”, I found verses with “shall” and “will.” Doesn’t this mean something definite will be done?
Ezekiel lists better things to come. “I WILL give them one heart, and I WILL put a new spirit within you, and I WILL take the stony heart out of their flesh, and WILL give them a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 11:19, KJV, capitalization is my emphasis.) Ezekiel 36:27 seems even stronger. “I WILL put my Spirit in you and CAUSE you to walk in my statutes.”(KJV, capitalization is my emphasis.) The most encouraging verse in the New Testament is “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:10, KJV).
One morning I asked God to help me get a grip on doing the right thing. The answer of “Let go of your grip” surprised me. I started with my thoughts, where action is conceived (James 1:15, KJV). I let go of the idea that doing dishes was a chore and it naturally followed to quit putting it off. I let go of laying in bed trying to use willpower, and just did things as they needed to be done. I have a harder time letting go of financial worries, but at least I have some peace and hope for tomorrow.
These “great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:5, KJV) describe us as being “partakers of the divine nature”. What a blessing this is!
Prayer: Thank You that Christ Jesus has made it possible for us to do good works without depending on willpower.