October 26, 2016

Our 2016 theme; Ephesians 2:10 – by the National Director

Without a theme; our focus as ministry staff and Volunteers would be blurred on what we need most or what we choose to spend our time, efforts and resources on.

Jim Collins’ book entitled; “Good to Great” is one of my favourite business books. It is about companies that were good for many years and suddenly became great companies. The author and his team of researchers quantified great companies by how much they outperformed their competition. The book revealed an inflection point when each company transformed from good to great. Then it compared what the great companies did differently from the good companies. There are many lessons one could take from that book but as a point of articulation, I wish to challenge you to become determined and figure out what you could do more to create a great life even if you are already living a good Christian life. Decide what you want and act on it. There is always power in words and creating a theme for yourself, for your family, for your fellowship group, for your work place or for your Church. It is important and will help you create a better life.

At Scripture Union Uganda, a Bible verse serves as the ministry year’s theme. “Each year we choose a specific verse around which we develop our annual focus and actions. It is the guiding subject of all our plans and operations. Themes make it easy to coordinate all aspects of the ministry progress, and they serve as great motivators to our aspirations.

This year’s annual theme was taken from Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – NIV. And from it we developed a slogan that goes; “Created for good works”

Permit me to expound slightly this theme verse which first of all; indicates that we as human beings are God’s work of art, his master piece created in Christ Jesus. In the preceding verses (Vs.8 & 9), we see Paul declaring that Salvation is not our achievement. But now, instead of stating the direct opposite, namely that it is God’s achievement; he goes further than that!  He leaves behind any thought of Salvation as an ‘it’ or a ‘this’ outside and apart from ourselves. He is concerned about us, living human beings, who were dead. What are we now? We are God’s handiwork (workmanship). In other words, God’s work of art created in Christ Jesus. So far Paul has described salvation in terms of a resurrection from the dead, liberation from slavery and a rescue from condemnation. And each declares that the work is God’s, for dead people cannot bring themselves to life again, nor can captive and condemned people free themselves. But now he puts the matter beyond even the slightest shadow of doubt. Salvation is creation, re-creation, and new creation. And creation language is nonsense unless there is a creator!!!

God’s church is his “poem,” his masterpiece, his workmanship. As he is the author of his handiwork, he should get all the credit. Created—a completed action in Christ Jesus. God accomplished his workmanship in the believers by virtue of their having been united with Christ. unto good works—for good works. which God hath before ordained that we should walk [conduct our lives] in them. God determines beforehand a path for each of us. God both makes ready the opportunities for our good works and makes us ready to do them (John 15:16; 2 Timothy 2:21). We cannot expect to help others unless our own lives have first been newly created. We were not saved by our good works, but rather we have been recreated to do them (Galatians 5:22-25).

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