Summary: This sermon is about making an impact for God's kingdom and is taking from Ephesians 2:10.
Making A Kingdom Impact
Years ago I use to fly from Las Vegas to Chicago. On these trips there were some difficulties like when the captain comes on the speaker and says, “We’ve got a slight problem,” or “We’re running into a bit of turbulence.” Now, the airplane is flying hundreds of miles an hour at around 15,000 feet, therefore there is nothing “slight,” or “a bit,” in my mind.
Or I love it when they say, “For your safety, please remain in your seats with your seatbelt securely fastened.” Frankly, this does not promote confidence.
One time as we were beginning our decent into the Vegas Valley, a “slight problem,” or “a bit of turbulence” would be an understatement. A lightning bolt exploded right outside the plane, which was immediately met with shrieks of horror from inside the plane. And when the stewardesses were told to strap themselves in, I knew this wasn’t going to be good.
But inevitably we landed and I heard the stewardess said, “If Las Vegas is your final destination; we would like to welcome you home.” I always wondered how many passengers made Las Vegas their home that evening?
But hearing those words, “If Vegas is your final destination, welcome home,” I wondered what it’s going to be like when this life is over and we’re standing before of our heavenly Father hearing Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” How exciting will that be?
But until then we have an opportunity to live in a way that will make a kingdom impact. Someone said that a healthy church is not measured by the number of people who attend, the size of the building, or the number of programs that are available. Rather a healthy church is measured by how many within the church are making a kingdom impact.
Today’s message is based upon one of the New Testaments most notable teachings.
The Apostle Paul said, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV)
Now, most people know this part, but not always the rest of what Paul said. This is what I’d like to explore in our time together and to how we can make an impact for God’s kingdom.
Paul goes on to say,
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)
There are three things in this verse that I would like to share with you about making an impact for the kingdom of God.
1. We Are Designed By God
“For we are His workmanship.” (Ephesians 2:10a NKJV)
The word, “workmanship,” in the Greek language means something that is made. But the use of the term would indicate that it wasn’t just anything, but rather that is was a work of art, which is why some translations say, “masterpiece.” In fact, the Greek word is where we get our English word, “poem.”
I like the word usage here, because God has written upon our hearts His law, that is, His word, therefore we are God’s “poem” to the world.
We are God’s work of art. I love the way King David expresses his appreciation for how God designed and created him.
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” (Psalm 139:14 NKJV)
Job tells us that it was the Lord’s hands that made and shaped us. (Job 10:8)
What Job recognized is that God has uniquely made us all, that is, we’ve been hand crafted by God, and as such no one else has the unique mix of gifts and talents that each of us have been given. In other words each one of us have uniquely been crated by God’s hand.
We are one of a kind, an original design.
This is true of everyone. We have been fearfully and wonderfully made in the image and likeness of the Lord God Himself, and as such we have a great value to God, but we’re not truly His masterpieces until we come into that saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Paul is saying that being God’s masterpieces begins at the time of salvation, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God … For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:8, 10 NKJV)
God has uniquely made each of us; hand crafted us for His purpose and design. But to be His masterpiece we have to take it to the next level and ask Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Lord. And when we do, then we’ll be that new work of art created in Christ Jesus.