The Handiworks of God

Creativity in Religious Life

  • Sebastian Elavathingal Navchetana, Bhopal


“We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph 2:10). St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians gives a succinct description of the nature of our relationship to God when he says that we are God’s handiwork. The expression ‘handiwork’ means to say something about us as human beings and something about God as the Creator. It implies the creative nature of the relationship God has to the world as well to every human person. It is a dynamic and dialogical relationship. Dialogically, the action of God is to be responded to by human beings in an equally creative manner. The power of divine grace continues to work in us until the plan of God is realized by our participation in creation.


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