“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
We are God’s workmanship literally means we are His masterpiece or ‘self-portrait’ where He can reproduce Himself on the canvas of our lives. The Psalmist said “we are fearful and wonderfully made”.
We are living, breathing pieces of art created by God to live productive and meaning full lives. Someone put it this way “God is standing in front of the canvas of our lives, wanting to make the canvas of our lives into a work of beauty. You and I hold the brushes. If we let him, if we give Him if we give Him the brush, the control of our lives, He can and will take our lives and turn them into masterpieces”. We can be priceless piece of art in the hands of the Master.
Maybe there was a season in your life where you felt like you don’t really matter, that you were insignificant. You’re not insignificant, and God in the Bible goes to great lengths to prove that. You are priceless “God’s masterpiece.”
In 2 Corinthians 10:12, Paul writes about us being “original.” He wrote that we make a mockery of God’s brilliance and His creativity when we don’t understand how original we are, and when we compare and contrast ourselves with others. We compare everything, figures, physiques, bank accounts, houses, cars, clothes. We even compare children, people say, “My child would never do that.” What I’ve discovered is that your child not only would do it but probably has done it 100 times. When we compare ourselves with others, we are cheapening God’s masterpiece.
We are work in progress so are others? There is something about the work of an artist, that when they paint and they make a mistake, they either have to discard the art or work with the error. But God isn’t like that. When God looks at the canvas of your life, He sees the mistakes, sins, errors, blemishes. But rather than discard you or even try to gloss over the error, God does something with our mistakes that a regular artist could not do He erases our mistakes by the blood of His Son, He forgives our sins.
The canvas of your life is not yet finished. God has more work to do but will you let Him make you into a great piece of art, or will you not hand over the brush of your life, and paint things yourself? The Master artist is the Holy Spirit who chips away at flaws in our character to make each of us like Jesus and as we yield to His workmanship we will find that the secret to the final product is the Artist’s touch.
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