This verse spells it out pretty clearly. I’ll break my thoughts down on it.
(1) We are God’s masterpieces. That’s right, we’re works of amazing art crafted by a true artisan, a master Creator.
(2) We’re created to do good works. However God created each of us, we are each created for a special purpose. My print of Monet‘s Water Lilies brings calm to my living room decor, but my painting of flip flops done by a local artist celebrates our carefree, casual lifestyle. My friend Sarah’s flower clips add panache and style to almost any outfit. My handcrafted, carefully designed soaps look great in the bathroom and get you clean. Two different creators, two creations, each with its own purpose.
(3) Which God prepared in advance for us to do. God knew what good works we’d face and God created us to do those good works. A good frame of reference is I Corinthians 12-14 where Paul talks about spiritual gifts. God gave me the spiritual gifts of knowledge and teaching, knowing I would one day find myself teaching (just wish God had given me patience to go with it!). God also gave me the gifts of discernment and mercy, knowing I’d also be walking with people in crisis. God equipped you likewise, maybe giving you amazing organizational skills, a gift of hospitality or the gift of mercy for yourself.
Sometimes, though, instead of feeling like Rembrandts or DaVincis, we feel like a careless doodle on the back of a napkin. Instead of feeling like we have a good purpose, we feel completely worthless. Instead of feeling like we’re alright, doing exactly what God created for us to do, we feel like there’s no way we can possibly do anything else. It happens to all of us, and when you’re feeling like that, I want you to come back here and read those words at the top – “We are God’s masterpieces.”
If you need me to pray for or with you about something you’re going through, please don’t hesitate to ask. Post it as a comment, and note if it’s public or private. If it’s private, I’ll leave it hidden so only you and I know it’s there. God bless YOU as you strive to be the best everything God created you to be!
- The Gifts of the Spirit ExplainedIn 1 Corinthians 12, we learn that spiritual gifts are given to God’s people by the Holy Spirit for “the common good.” Verse 11 says the gifts are given according to God’s sovereign will (“as he determines”). Ephesians 4:1 (concerningspiritualgifts.info)
- God Uses All Kinds (pjsprayerline.blogspot.com)