“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) This verse has become one of my favorites. God considers me his masterpiece. Not just a work of art you would see at an art fair, but a precious work that is worthy to be shone in the greatest museum. I think of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci which is enclosed in a glass case at the Louvre Museum in Paris. This painting is protected from anyone touching it or sunlight or temperature variations. It is highly valuable, said to be priceless.
That is how God looks at me. I am priceless to him. I am valuable to the creator of the Universe because he made me. “You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous- how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.” (Psalm 139:13-15 NLT) David understood God was forming him in his mother’s womb. It wasn’t genes making the decisions about who he would be, but God’s handiwork through genes.
God not only created me physically, but he recreated me spiritually when I placed my faith in Christ. I am a new creation according to II Corinthian 5:17. He made me alive spiritually so I could do good things. Before Christ, I couldn’t do any good things. I could only live by my flesh to satisfy its desires.
I’m not saying before Christ I could never be kind or generous or forgiving, but I was doing it for the wrong reason. I wanted to feel good about myself, not to bring glory to God. Before Christ, I sought my significance in other things, not from how God looked at me. So, is that truly good in God’s eyes? If my motivation was to seek my significance in what I did, leaving God out of the picture then in God’s economy it isn’t all that good. But when I seek to do good things because I understand who I am – I am complete and I am righteous. Then I am motivated for the right reasons and I bring glory to God.
God has created specific good things for me to do personally. He designed me for a particular purpose. He gave me my personality, my talents, my spiritual gifts, my looks, etc. to fulfill his master plan he designed for me long ago. What an adventure to follow God and discover the good things he has planned for me to do!
I don’t have to do great things for God to impress him. He is already enthralled with me. I am to discover those good things he has for me to do. As I follow him, he will guide me and show me. Maybe his plan is for me to write a book (only time will tell) or just drive a friend to a job interview. One is not more important than another in his eyes. God is delighted with both because he is watching me fulfill his plan. All good things are equal in his sight.
So, I try to remember who I am in Christ daily so I do not seek my significance from other things. I take great delight knowing that God views me as his masterpiece. I try to listen to his voice to guide me throughout my day to fulfill the good things his has for me to do. Remember you also are his masterpiece, not a mediocre work of art or even a piece of junk. You are priceless!