Chess Sets

June 7, 2005

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)

When I have the time, I love making chess sets. Over the years, I have moulded, modelled, and painted several different sets, which include soldiers from the Civil War, elves and goblins from Tolkien's books, and a medieval Scottish set that was discovered on the Isle of Lewis and was consequently seen in the first Harry Potter movie.

Most of the finished sets are in my church office, and I am delighted when people enjoy looking at them. The only thing is that I never play chess anymore. I can't quite make the time, so these wonderful game pieces just stay on their boards, never to be moved. Some day, I'll get round to playing, but at the moment, these chess sets are immobile.

Today's verse reminded me that God makes us in much the same way, but that we are not destined to be immobile, indifferent, or insensitive to things and events around us. Paul states it clearly when he writes that we are created "to do good works, which God has prepared" for us to accomplish. In other words, each one of us was created for a purpose; all of us were made for a significant reason.

Wherever we are today and whatever we face, let's take and fulfill the opportunities to do good that God gives us. After all, He made us in Christ Jesus to do them, bringing help to other people and glorifying His holy name.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us the courage to help other people who are in need today. Grant us willing hearts to serve Your kingdom in this special, pre-determined, and purposeful way, so that we may also bring those others closer to You. Amen.

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