What do you think when you hear “God’s Masterpiece”? The beautiful mountains? A gorgeous sunset? A sweet breeze across your face?
Or who you see in the mirror looking back at you?
In our society of social media and the comparisons we put out there, I am the last thing I think about when I think about God’s Masterpiece. However, in Ephesians Paul wrote just that in verse 10.
Ephesians 2:10 “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.” (NLT)
Let’s start from the beginning
Before we dive into that verse, first we need to read the verses leading to verse 10. So take a moment now to read Ephesians 2: 1- 10 now, and let His word speak to you.
Verses 1 – 3 reminds us that we were dead in our sins and living the passions of our flesh. However in verse 4 that wonderful phrase shows up. “BUT GOD.” But God, in his mercy and grace and love HE made us alive in Christ despite those sins. Then verse 8 brings us to the climax of the section, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” Thank you Lord for your saving grace through your Son, Jesus Christ.
Now on to verse 10, where we began earlier. This verse spoke to me today and I really wanted to dig deeper into what he was saying to me. Do you want to dig with me?
You are God’s masterpiece
We are His work of art, His creation. As a crafter when I make something new I am proud of it. He is proud of you and me.
But do I really believe this? Am I a work of art? Is He proud of me?
He made me in His image. Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Therefore, I am beautiful. I am exactly as He made me.
These are sometimes hard to accept. I see my flaws, I know all of my mistakes and sins. However, I know He loves me and created me for His purpose. Colossians 1:16 “… all things were created through him and for him.” So, I need to trust Him, that he is and knows better than I can ever imagine. And if he says I am His perfect masterpiece, then I am. And guess what? So are you! Do you believe it?
As His creation, we were created to “do the good things he planned for us long ago”. We are created and saved by faith through Jesus Christ for good works. What are the good works we were created for? To love God (Matthew 22:37), to serve God (Joshua 24:21, Psalm 2:11, John 12:26), and to share the Good News (Matthew 28:19-20).
So what do these good works look like in my life personally? To love God and make him my priority, to love and pray for my family, and to serve him by serving his people at church and in the community, and to share Him with everyone. However, if I’m completely honest, I don’t know how well I am doing. There is always room for improvement and better focus on my part. What about you? What is God calling you to do in your good works?
Remember, however that these good works are not to save us, but because we are saved. Verse 8 & 9 reminds us this, let’s read it now. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” I also like how the NLT version puts it. “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
God loves us. He created us as His masterpiece. A work of art that He is proud of and gave us the gift of his saving grace. We are then called to do the good works he has prepared for us. What is one good work you will do this week? Share your comments below.