God’s Masterpiece

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

A masterpiece is an exceptionally good piece of creative work (according to the Encarta Dictionary). It is not generally used in the setting of mass produced items, but in the setting of individualized, created craftsmanship. Each master craftsman has his or her own style that is commonly reflected in their creations, but each masterpiece has its own unique and wonderful touches that set it apart from all others.

Did you wake up to someone calling you a masterpiece this morning? Did you walk to the mirror and declare, “I am a masterpiece!” Probably not… but go back and read the first five words of today’s passage.

God says, “You are His masterpiece.” Just stop for a minute and ponder what this means…

We are not masterpieces because of our talents, abilities or good looks. We are not masterpieces because of our past successes or because how many people know us on planet earth. We are masterpieces because of two things… 1) God created us, and 2) Christ Jesus is in us. Neither of these things are about you, they are both about God. He created us based on plan He visualized long, long ago and made that plan possible by sending Jesus Christ to earth to die for our sins and to be resurrected from the dead. One relates to God’s potential (creation) and one to God’s power (Christ in you).

Occasionally you will hear about a great original work of art that is defaced by someone. There is outrage when a unique masterpiece is marred or ruined. Yet it happens everyday with God’s masterpieces…

  • We put ourselves down and believe lies that enslave us to fear and failure…
  • We put others down, trying to build ourselves up in the eyes of others by tearing down those who threaten us…

Whereas a work of art is thought to be a masterpiece because it is flawless, with people it is the flaws and the lesser things in us that tend to make us the most useful and impacting for God. We can either bemoan and cry over our handicaps and flaws, or we can accept that they are part of the masterpiece and embrace them.

Today, think about how you view yourself. To think too much or too less of yourself is to dishonor the one who created you and who lives in you. Talk to God about this and ask God to work in you to create a healthy spiritual self-understanding. And if you are consumed by your handicaps and flaws, talk to God about that as well. Thank him for them individually and offer them to God to be used to impact others. You are God’s masterpiece… all of you!

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