“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
Sunday marked the beginning of a new lacrosse season, which is always an exciting time for me as I get to know the players. As part of the practice plan, which includes skills development and fundamentals, I will install our offense, start game preparations, and plan the direction of where we want to be.
During the boys’ first team-builder I study their personalities as I watch them socialize between drills and run and interact with one another. I know that each of them has goals, a position he esteems to play, and a desired outcome he hopes to achieve. At this point, I haven’t even begun to figure out what position each player might play, let alone the lineup. Bringing a team together in a short period of time that consists of players who live in 12 different school districts, can only happen when its coach is extremely intentional at getting to know the players he is leading.
After a few practices, we will have our first game, and we will have to roll out a plan and make decisions – it is a challenging and invigorating process!
As I consider the unique ways God has created each one of these boys, I am reminded that as Christians we all have unique skills and spiritual gifts that God has placed in each of us. God the Father is more than a coach, and knows our every thought before it is formed; He knows us better than we know ourselves from before we were born, and for all the days of our lives: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13).
Those of us who desire to please God with our lives can be assured that He is always preparing us for something great in the future: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesian 2:10).
What spiritual gifts has God given you (1 Corinthians 12)? As you consider the talents, passions and skills He has given you, have you examined how He desires for you to use them in His work, and are you currently using them to contribute to His team? By asking God to help you learn how He created you, and reflecting on what he has prepared you for, we can all learn how He may want to work through us on His team.
Every Christian desires to know God’s plans for his life. As we carefully examine our walk with him, and seek Him in prayer, we can discover His plans and the good works that He has designed uniquely for us, for He knows us far more than we know ourselves.
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