Wednesday, September 19, 2007
"Of all Christians, whether Jews or Gentiles— of all Christians, even if they are the highest Apostles, like Paul, or the least of all the family of love, such as we may be—as many as are truly saved and brought into union with Christ, they are the workmanship of God!
No Christian in the world is a chance production of Nature, or the outcome of evolution, or the result of special circumstances. “By the Grace of God I am what I am,” may be said by every man who is saved. To nothing can we ascribe the fact that we are in Christ except this—that we are God’s workmanship. Of regeneration, we must say, once and for all, “This is the finger of God.”...
As to any of you who hear me at this time and feel forced to say, “Ah, me! I do not see how I am to be a Christian”— let me speak with you. I am thinking of the matter very differently. I see very plainly how you can become Christians— for all of us who are Believers are God’s workmanship and that God who has made us His workmanship can make you to be the same.
“Oh, but I cannot do anything!” Who said you could? Who asked you to do any part of God’s work? We are God’s workmanship! There is, in your fallen nature, no power or will towards good and if the question were about your workmanship, the answer would be full of despair! But while God works, there is hope.
“Oh, but I have a withered hand!” When Jesus bids you stretch it out, do not enquire about your own power, but look to His power who gives the command! Do you say, “I cannot save myself. I cannot make myself holy”? Look, then, to Him who is a Savior, able to save to the uttermost, who was born for this end that He might save His people from their sins. “We are His workmanship,” cry all the saints! Do you want to be your own workmanship? He that can work upon one can work upon another. Oh, that you would lie at His feet! Oh, that you would put off all idea of what you can do for yourself and draw comfort from these few words of my text—“We are His workmanship”! What is there that God cannot do for you? Rough material as you are, He can make you what you should be! He can make you what it will delight you to be! God grant that we may learn to look to the Strong for strength and no longer waste our time in enquiring for it where there is nothing but perfect weakness!
Here, then, is the origin of a Christian—he comes out of the workshop of God."