We are God’s masterpiece…
When I think of a masterpiece I think of a museum piece hanging under perfect lighting for the world to view, cared for, protected, and preserved. That is decidedly NOT how I feel! Instead I see a painting that needs a LOT of work!
I suppose I am not alone in this based on what I see in the media. How are we ever to believe we are masterpieces when the world tells us we need so much help? When we look in the mirror and see how time is not our friend.
It is easy to forget our real identity. Here is what the Master painter says about us:
- I am God’s temple- 1Cor. 3:16
- I am God’s child- John 1:12
- I am united with the Lord and am one with Him in spirit- 1Cor. 6:17
- I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sin- Col 1:14
- I am complete in Christ- Col 2: 10
- I am confident that the good work that God has begun in me will be perfected- Phil. 1:6
- I am God’s coworker -2 Cor. 6:1
- I am a minister of reconciliation- 2 Cor. 5:17-20
- I have been given a spirit of power, love and a sound mind- 2Tim. 1:7
You see, this is who God says we are. We belong to the One who created heaven and earth and all things in it, above it and around it. And He loves us. He protects us. He chooses us to carry out His work on earth and one day we will be united with Him in Glory.
In this world I see over and over people searching for significance. People looking for meaning. Men, women and children striving for purpose. And one suicide after another shows me that this is a world of confusion and despair.
Perhaps you are not feeling insignificant. But I wonder, if you lost your job, your looks, your money where would you turn?
If all that you counted on in this life was taken away what would be your solution? From where would you get your strength? What would you turn to for comfort, help, security?
If your identity is from what you do or have done then what happens when others forget or don’t acknowledge or appreciate you any longer? And how will you deal with life as you age?
As a child of God, our identity is certain. We are always recognizable to our Father. We belong to Him, He delights in us and He has plans and purposes for us. We have a Father who loves us and calls us His own. Who never leaves us or forsakes us. Who keeps us on earth for as long as is best for us and then He calls us home! If you are surrendered to Him then your life always has meaning…Always! (Even if you have alzheimers).
May we recognize that we are Christ’s workmanship and the more our identity is secured in Him the more we will reflect His glory.
And that is what makes us a masterpiece!