8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
we are in the middle of our giving+thanks series at SHIFT and i will be giving a talk next week on putting our thankfulness into action. this verse in ephesians has stuck out to me and has been recurring in my mind over the past few weeks. tomorrow middle school students will be preparing Thanksgiving dinner boxes for Northwood Church's Turkey Outreach on Nov. 23rd. what better way for our middle schoolers to put their thankfulness into action?
that morning (before the Turkey Outreach) i will be speaking to our middle schoolers on this verse. i am praying that God will move in their lives and then in turn their lives will be full of good works streaming from the love of Christ that dwells within them.