I had written briefly about this verse in a previous blog post before the trip!
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so we could walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 NASB1995)
After almost a week of processing this experience in Čzechia, I am nowhere near finished. What I can clearly say is that God has reminded me how amazing these good works are that He has prepared for me.
I find it unfathomable that a God so glorious not only wants a relationship with rebellious, broken people, but also that He has good works prepared for them to intentionally pursue in Jesus’s name.
What I have discovered is when we are intentionally seeking these good works out for the sake of making much of Jesus, we have no extra bandwidth to even entertain our sinful desires. My heartbeat and prayer is that many more can be invited to step into the mission field. Even in the routine, mundane seasons of life, God has invited us to see His kingdom come as workers and partakers in the gospel.
This trip helped to cultivate a sense of urgency for the not-yet-saved in a manner that I did not expect! Building off the verse above, when we intentionally seek out these good works that God has prepared for us, we pursue the all-satisfying God’s design for our life, bringing fulfillment and joy. So, rather than forcing myself to have this sense of urgency to love the lost (i.e. a good work which God has prepared for me), God has drawn me to this behavior through the Holy Spirit and the fulfillment that comes from seeking this out.
This does not mean that seeking out these good works to make much of Jesus comes without costs, but the joy that comes far outweighs the costs. This does not mean that seeking out these good works will be easy, but I am equipped with everything I need: the gospel as the power of God for salvation to all who believe.
To everyone who supported and was following this trip, thank you for your support and prayers. Glory be to God for continuing to move in Central and Eastern Europe. May He continue to move there, and also in our hearts.