Monday, November 8, 2010

Message from Jim Koan, Superintendent

Ephesians 2:8-12 (New International Version)
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

When the pastor on Sunday mentioned this passage my mind drifted to the dear faculty and staff of Phoenix Christian. The first phrase that stuck out to me was “God’s handiwork”. How awesome is it to understand that we are God’s handwork: as marvelous and wondrous as nature and more valuable to Him than the stars and galaxies He spoke into existence. Nature and the cosmos may ‘reflect’ God’s creativity and character but we, you and I, are ‘made in His image’. He specifically chose us to bear His image: not stones and trees or even galaxies…but little ‘ole you and me.

So, created in his image we are specifically designed to ‘do good works’ – His good works. Our works don’t save us but rather they are the fulfillment of what we are meant to be and to do. ‘In advance’ of time and space and creation God ordained that you and I would co-labor at PCUS to do His good works here. He could have placed you anywhere, but He chose for us a Christian school in Central and West Phoenix because He knew He would bring to our path 570+ students who this year He intends to bless and equip through us.

And if at times, like me, you feel insufficient for the task, stop and reflect on His grace, which is enough to save and sustain, and reflect on the fact you are right where you are supposed to be, doing exactly what He intends for this time in your life.

Have a great day and enjoy your divine assignment!

1 comment:

  1. thanks, Mr. Koan, thats a great reminder for a Monday morning, great way to begin the week!


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