The previous verses are ones that we hold dear to our hearts. We've been saved by His grace and we are truly thankful, no, crazy thankful.
Verse 10 then puts a twist on things. A chocolate/vanilla kind of twist.
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.
One of my greatest weaknesses for a long time was believing that I was left out of the things of God. I believed that I would be the girl in the choir of life that thought she could sing, but really someone just needed to tell her to stick with something else. I used to struggle with wondering if God was ever going to need me for anything. This verse would actually haunt me. It led me to a performance based relationship where I believed that if I did really good at something, He'd let me do other things.
As much as I wanted this verse to be beautiful and real in my life, it left me feeling, for lack of a better word...lonely.
It seemed for a long time that so many people around me were doing what they wanted and doing what they felt they were called to do while I was at home doing "nothing." I was duped beyond duped.
Until one night, when I was giving God an earful again about how He wasn't letting me do all the stuff I dreamed of doing, He gently said, "I never promised you those things."
"Uh, s'cuse me? These are my dreams! These are the things we've talked about for years! These are my gifts and talents and I need them."
He was right, aaas usual. He hadn't promised me any of those things. He had promised me plenty of other things, and this verse was one of them.
He had things prepared for me and He had them prepared a long time ago. HE had things prepared, not me. And until I released my ownership on my dreams I would remain disappointed, disillusioned,and dissatisfied.
What He promises us far outweighs what we think we deserve. He has given us gifts beyond measure and if we let Him call the shots, we'll find ourselves Appointed, Illuminated and Satisfied. (how'd ya like me turning those words into positives!)
Guess what... what I'm doing right here right now, yeah, one of those dreams.
He's pretty cool.