The I AM says I am a masterpiece!
“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
For most people, the word masterpiece conjures up thoughts about famous works of art and the artists who created them; da Vinci and the Mona Lisa, Beethoven and the 5th Symphony, Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, van Gogh and Starry Night, just to name a few. These masterpieces are one of a kind, handmade, and worth millions of dollars.
As a 4-year-old at Kinder Castle I remember suiting up in my smock and stepping into the role of artist when I was creating my first masterpiece, a Christmas gift for my mom. My teacher, Mrs. Shelly, was giving us instructions as she passed out our supplies. She told us to think through what we wanted to paint, and do it carefully, as there were only enough supplies for us each to get one canvas. I knew what I wanted to paint! A picture of my mom. I chose each color intentionally and painted every line with precision. When I finished, I was proud of my work. I could hardly wait to give this piece of art to my mother and see her eyes light up. And light up she did! She made me feel like my work was the most beautiful piece of art she had ever seen. Looking at it now, from an adult perspective, I realize that it was nothing more than scribbles. It was far from a masterpiece, it was a mess! However, despite the fact that the picture was imperfect, my mom treasured it as a masterpiece just the same.
Ladies, our Heavenly Father intentionally created us just as we are and He doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t make junk. So why is it, when we look in the mirror we usually don’t see a masterpiece? The reflection that I see is marred by the messy lines of my mistakes and the scribbles of my shortcomings. We all have them; they are the marks that sin and shame leave on our lives. And oh, how the evil one wants us to believe that our past depreciates our present value. But, because of Jesus and the sacrifice that He made for us, God sees the imperfect as perfect and our messiness a masterpiece. God can use us to complete His good work, the work He created us for before we were even born! Jesus’ blood has cleansed the canvas of our lives and erased our sins. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb” (Psalm 139:13).
During these 40 days we are going to discover how God is continually forming us into the masterpiece that He created us to be. There’s no doubt about it; the Creator of the Universe, is an artist like none other. Everything He creates is a unique work of art, a masterpiece. I challenge you to cling to and trust in God’s word while striving to think like He thinks and speak like He speaks. So today, when you look in the mirror if you feel like the scribbled art of a 4-year old or a Picasso with all of your pieces out of place, stand tall, smile back at the reflection in the mirror, and declare, “I am a masterpiece…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:7; Psalm 139:14
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen