Winter has certainly arrived here in South Australia. The temperature has plummeted, and the rain is falling. I don’t know about you, but I quite like winter. I enjoy getting out the comfy woollen scarves, warm gloves and sitting by the fire watching the rain fall on the garden.
All around outside, we see the effects of winter’s arrival. Gardens are being nourished, tanks are filling up and green shoots have turned to feed in the paddocks for the animals who live there. The routine work of nature continues in its obedient cycle as it has since God spoke it into existence.
Paul told the Ephesian church that they were “God’s handiwork, created in Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10). Creation, through its cycles and seasons, has a purpose and work to do and doing it honours its creator. It faithfully carries out its creation work of producing good fruit for our benefit and God’s glory.
Our work is, also, to produce the fruit we were designed to produce. Why? Because God wants our fruit to be obvious and encouraging to people around us. Why? Because God’s work, God’s mission, is that all people would have a chance to love Him, know Him and give their lives to him. These “good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do”, are our mission opportunities, our own unique ways to show our love for Jesus.
As we watch the rain fall, as we see the green appear and we know that the seasonal cycle continues I would encourage you to think about and find creative ways to do the work God has given you to do, out of love and obedience, for His eternal, missional purpose.