YOU ARE GOD’S MASTERPIECE
By Cindy Mapes
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10
I went to one of those classes where you watch the instructor paint a picture. You follow along and copy what they do. We all end up with the same picture. They tell you what color to use and where to color. Then, all of a sudden you have created a masterpiece! Ta Da! Like working on a giant canvas. They all look alike, but do they really? Some look professional, some look like a middle schooler’s hand completed. Mine? Well, I probably would have done a better job with a paint by number kit.
God created us in His image. He created us to do good things. Paul tells us the work of our hands gives honor to the God who made us and save us. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do good things he planned for us a long time ago.
We also find in Jeremiah 29:11 where he wrote a letter to the exiles, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.” And Psalm 33:11, “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever. The purposes of His heart through all generations.” There are so many places in our Bible that tell us about God’s plan. He has already told us before we were created in the womb, He knew us.
It’s as if He is letting us in on a huge secret, a little bit at a time. Let us listen, let us hear, let us give thanks.