I am God's workmanship...
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
KPRZ – Encouragement for Today
March 2, 2012
"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)
"’Define yourself through the hands and eyes of a true artist."
“As I closed the stall door in a public restroom, that slogan caught my eyes. It was from an advertisement for a plastic surgeon. Reading those words, I knew this doctor was tapping into longings every woman has: to be beautiful, loved and accepted by others.
“But for most women, this is not reality. We don't see our beauty or worth. We look in the mirror and only see faults. We allow others to define us.
“Sometimes it is our culture. But oftentimes it is the very people we love...our parents, a friend, or spouse. Their words deceive us into thinking we are unworthy...a failure as a woman and even as a child of God.
“Yet God created us to be women of strength and beauty, each with a divine purpose planned by Him before we were born. God alone has the right to define us. No one else.
There is only One true artist and His name is God.
“God is the Creator.
“After reading that advertising slogan, I felt a burning desire to know a woman's true identity. The Truth I found in His Word was powerful and life changing. Rather than posting these truths on the back of a bathroom door, I wanted to share them with you.
• Created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27)
• Fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
• Precious and honored in His sight. (Isaiah 43:4)
• Redeemed and forgiven. (Ephesians 1:7)
• A new creature in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
• Holy and blameless before God. (Ephesians 1:4, 1 Corinthians 1:30)
• Chosen by God. (1 Peter 2:9)
• God's masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
• Created with purpose to do great works for God's Kingdom. (Ephesians 2:10)
“You are God's creation - beautiful, strong and created with a unique plan and purpose.
“I don't want you to rest your head on a pillow tonight without knowing and believing who you are in Christ. I have prayed that God would reveal to you who you really are - not who you are in your parent's eyes, spouse's eyes, children's eyes, friend's eyes, or in the world's eyes, but that you would know who you are in YOUR FATHER'S EYES!
“Dear Lord, thank You that You are my Creator. Thank You that in You and You alone I find my identity. Father open my eyes to see who I am in You. Make every Truth I learned today a reality in my life. In Jesus' Name, Amen.”
I like the word used in the NLT for “workmanship” – it says we are God’s MASTERPIECE! That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? Can you look at yourself in the mirror today and see the MASTERPIECE that you are in God’s eyes? A masterpiece is something that’s highly valued – unique – special – amazing – AWESOME – is that how you see yourself? I hope so – because when you DO see yourself that way, nothing will keep you from fulfilling the reason God created you anew “in Christ Jesus” – you will do “good works” in His name and for His glory! You’re His living work of art, walking around in His world to be His witnesses of light, love and life! Take the time today to praise God for who you are “in Him” – and marvel at the masterpiece that is looking back at you in the mirror! Sharon
Sharon Pearce, Director
Silent Voices International
355 K Street, Suite H
Chula Vista, CA 91911