“Roadworks Ahead” may mean delay and frustration, but it means something new is being made. And over your life there’s a sign: “Danger: God at work.”
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”Ephesians 2:8-10.
We are his craftsmanship! One version even suggests the work “Masterpiece.” Infinite pains have been taken to make you the way you are.
That isn’t just a credit to your wit, charm and personal beauty, but to the amazing effect of grace. C.S.Lewis pointed out that “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” And that is the process of Grace’s careful craftsmanship.
Sure, in some senses, you’re always the person you were. But Grace moulds your aggression into strength of character, your manipulativeness into wise strategy, your lust into loving admiration.
These are not word-games: you were “created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” And the Grace that saved you is of a piece with the Grace that moulds you into his workmanship. That he might be glorified through your life.
Lord Jesus, you are my Redeemer. Redeem every aspect of this personality that you have entrusted to me that it may bring you praise.