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. Ephesians 2:10 NLT
Fiona McLaren, a 59-year-old woman in Scotland, was strapped for cash, so she scoured her farmhouse for things to pawn last year. She had almost thrown this painting out earlier, having stared at it for the better part of 40 years as it hung in her family home. But when she called an art appraiser to possibly cash in on the piece she had inherited from her dentist father, she recounted the appraiser was speechless. The painting, considered to at least have been prepared by Da Vinci, is thought to be at least 500 years old and worth tens of millions of dollars.
Many people struggle with low self-esteem and do not value their uniqueness. Some invest thousands of dollars in expensive surgical procedures to change their physical appearance. The entertainment industry would have us believe we should have a certain look, drive a luxury car, or live in a particular house, or have countless of followers or subscribers in different social media platforms to feel good about ourselves. Yet the word of God reminds us that we are God’s masterpiece.
God did not create you and me by mistake. Everything about us is intentional. When God was creating you, He carefully selected your skin color, your gender, your race, the texture of your hair, your facial appearance, the size of your hand and feet, and the color of your eyes. Human beings are the last creature made by God. And the Lord rested after He created us because we are His ultimate masterpiece.
When people want to dishonor or disrespect you because of some physical attribute, you must remember that you are God’s masterpiece. You are not a mistake, though we all make mistakes at times. God has invested a lot of eternal resources in you. He created a whole planet just for you and me to enjoy. The Lord gave us gifts and talents so we can perfect our humanity on earth in preparation for eternal life with Him in heaven. So, do not allow anyone to discount your worth.
In today’s text, Paul reminds the saints at Ephesus they are God’s masterpiece, created to do good work. Excellence is in our DNA because of the breath of God that is in us. We are divine beings created to do earthly work to reflect the glory of an awesome God. The devil and this world of darkness would have us believe that we are worthless. Thus, many people commit suicide, or become enslaved to the whims of this world or to an addiction. But today I want you to know you are better than your addiction. You are better than your failures or limitations. You are God’s masterpiece.
When you doubt your worth, call on the Holy Spirit for insight about just how valuable you are to God. Unfortunately, too many people are like the painting in today’s illustration. They sell themselves cheap to the world, or allow others to discount their worth. Being humble does not mean accepting the limitation that others put on us.
So, celebrate your uniqueness and value your worth. After all, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God smiles every time He sees you. He rejoices over you. He knows all your quirks and struggles. Yet, He came down in person to ensure you will spend eternity with Him in heaven. Take a look at yourself in the mirror and smile. You are a masterpiece!
Questions for Personal Reflection
What does it mean to you that you are God's masterpiece?
What are you going to do with the greatness and divinity that is in you?
Prayer- Blessed Lord, thank you for creating me as your masterpiece. Please remind me of my worth when the world wants to make me feel worthless. Give me the wisdom of love to help others walk in their anointing and rejoice in who they are created to be in Christ Jesus.