For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Driving down the road the other day I saw a sign at a local church advertising “Advanced Preschool!” (exclamation point included). I must admit that it caught my attention and made me wonder what exactly might be involved that would make preschool advanced. This is not to make light of early education and preparation—not at all. I am a firm believer that we should be challenging our children (and ourselves) more and more. At the same time, I found it a touch humorous to imagine what these advanced preschoolers might be doing, as opposed to their more average brethren.
In every facet of life, preparation is important. In fact, we spend most of our time preparing for something. This is part of what it means to be human and to function in society. We make lists for tasks and events. We get ready for this or that activity. We schedule and juggle our time so that we can be prepared for the things that are to occur in our lives. It seems every step we take we are preparing for something.
Most important are the preparations we make to be better and more committed children of God. We meditate on God’s word. We pray. We worship together and fellowship together as a body. We share in one another’s lives. All this helps us to prepare for whatever might come next in this life. It also helps us prepare for our great hope—what is to come in the next life. In the midst of all of this, it brings great peace—and a great sense of responsibility—to know that before we even came to be, God was already preparing us. He made us to be what we are. We are his workmanship.