May 29, 2021

Encouraging Affirmation: I Am God’s Masterpiece!

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them—Ephesians 2:10

Our youngest daughter shared a picture she had taken of a double rainbow in the evening sky. As I studied it all I could think was “how incredibly breathtaking! Only God could do this!” So many things in nature and the world around us might cause us to respond in this way. When we see a white tiger, or humpback whale, an elegant gazelle, or a tiny hummingbird, the Grand Canyon or Redwood Forest. All of these and so much more show the artistry of our Creative and creating God. But as beautiful and breathtaking as all the things we see around us, that God created, none of these does God consider his masterpiece; only human beings that he not only spoke into existence but touched and formed with his own hand.

The definition of masterpiece is “a piece or body of work that has been given much critical praise, especially one that is considered the greatest work of a person’s career.” Yes, we have received critical praise when God created everything, he put the stamp of approval upon it and declared it “good” and the Holy Spirit and Jesus were in full agreement.

Paul said we are God’s “workmanship” meaning we have been created by the skill of an artisan and craftsman. Certainly, God has met the criteria of these; set the standard for both!

Created perfectly but marred by sin which became our consequence. But now as Paul writes we have been recreated anew in Christ Jesus, through his work on the cross we are new creations (Gal. 5:17) able to fulfill the purposes for which the Master Artisan and Craftsman formed us. In Jeremiah 18 God told the prophet to go down to the Potter’s house and watch him work. As he worked on his piece the clay became marred in his hand, but the potter did not stress or throw a conniption, throw up his hands, or walk away in disgust, he simply reworked the clay into something new, even more beautiful if that is possible; exactly as it was meant to be.

Knowing the truth about yourself and your Creator allows you to see yourself differently. Not through the lens of an imperfect, critical world or judge, not through the flawed eyes and vision of a jealous, evil enemy or dark presence, not even through the lens of your own eyes and mind that has been fed lies and been deceived, now convinced of being marred beyond repair, but through the truth of God’s Word, his own loving whispers over your life. What the Father has pronounced good, we dare not believe or think otherwise; how insulting to the one who made you!

What does the Master Crafter and Artisan have in mind for his masterpiece to accomplish? How will his masterpiece beautify and enhance the world he spoke into being? Nothing but the good things he has already prepared in advance for his masterpiece to accomplish. He has made you and me part of something special, part of his grand plan, part of his beauty and that which takes the breath away and when we became marred he did not leave us, throw us in the trash, but determined to recreate us through his own Son who was there with us and him at creation.

It goes without saying that we are all works in progress as Paul wrote in ; no one knows this better than ourselves. But we can also attest to the truth that the road to victorious living, just like our hi-ways and bridges are always under construction. But the joy of belonging to and being created by the Master Craftsman is that we are always in his hands, never out of his hands, always being made new and being renewed. When the world says you are nothing and the devil says you are trash speak up boldly and confidently to rebuke them both. When your own mind plays tricks on you and you see only failure, a hot-mess, and inadequacy, speak up confidently and repeat, “I know this is not true because the Master Artisan formed me by his own hands and I Am His Masterpiece, destined for good, created to do those good works he planned in advance for me to do which no one else but me can do! Let’s Pray,

Dear God, my life is yours for you have made me. I will affirm your mighty promise over my life and daily live what I am: your masterpiece created for good works which you planned in advance for me to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen   

Activate this biblical affirmation by speaking it over your life and being:

I, (name) AM My Father’s Masterpiece!

I, (name) am not junk or marred beyond measure but I am God’s own handiwork, created for good works and because I am in his hands I can fulfill my destiny made possible through Christ Jesus! Amen

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