“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.”
I most closely associate the word “masterpiece” with the work of great artists.
Though I personally have no talent for painting, I am very moved by the work of artists like Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Matisse, and Pollock. These men created masterpieces that both challenged and inspired their viewers. I’m particularly interested in the works of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Michelangelo had an amazing ability to shape and form large, lifeless blocks of marble into beautiful reliefs. His masterpieces we know now as the Pieta, David, Moses, and the Madonna of the Stairs were sculpted to near perfection from flawed stones.
I think God shapes us in much the same way. Despite flaws and imperfections, regrets and insecurities, the Sculptor is at work within us. And unlike Michelangelo – who on more than one occasion had to discard nearly finished works because of imperfections in the stone – God is able to use our flaws to accomplish His vision.
The illustration from Jeremiah 18:2-6 shows God as the Potter, and we are His clay. What’s encouraging from this passage is that the Potter doesn’t discard the old clay. Instead, using the same clay, He reshapes it into what He wants it to be – a masterpiece.
If you woke up this morning not looking or feeling much like a masterpiece (I can relate); remember that in Christ, you are made new. You are God’s masterpiece, and you’ve been created uniquely to make an eternal impact. You have everything you need to fulfill your purpose.
My challenge for you today is to do one good work. Sometimes small things make a huge impact. Whether it’s buying your co-worker breakfast, or telling your friend you’re praying for them; don’t let this day go by without acknowledging His craftsmanship. When you view yourself as God’s masterpiece, you will know what to do. Glorify the Artist. Make a difference!
Reid Lyle is a Growth Group Leader and co-leader of the Drama Team at the Journey. He’s been an active member for three years. Originally from Ohio, he moved to NYC in 2010 to study acting.