06 Dec I Am God’s Masterpiece
by Christy Johnson, Director of Communications and Enrollment
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
Last week I watched all of the children at The Covenant School sing this verse during our all-school musical program. As I watched, I had tears well up in my eyes. These children were singing this verse with their whole hearts. They knew it and believed it. They ARE God’s masterpieces.
Why is it so hard for me to believe that I am God’s masterpiece too? Little children naturally (unless they have grown up in abusive homes) have faith that they are genuinely good, genuinely loved, and genuinely delighted in. I can’t go anywhere in the building without seeing evidence of this expectation in our students. Just 5 minutes ago, I was taking photographs of our school Christmas tree when a little Kindergartner excitedly walked up to pause and point out his handmade ornament to his tutor. He was so proud of his creation, his masterpiece! I have to think God delights in his masterpieces the same way.
Sadly, I have met very few, if any, adults who do not struggle with the idea that they are a masterpiece, with a good and holy purpose to live out. We adults know the right answer when asked if we believe we are loved; if we believe we were created for good works. However, how many of us truly believe deep in our soul this is true? How many of us wear masks to keep others from seeing the real us, the insecure us, the scared us, the exhausted us, the hurting us? How many of us try so hard to appear to have it all together, to be acceptable and presentable, yet inside struggle with deep insecurity, sure if people really knew us, we would not be liked, much less loved.
If we truly had the faith of a child, how would our lives change? If we believed in our gifts and talents like the Kindergartener mentioned above trusted his ornament was worth delight and honor, what could we accomplish? If we truly believed we were delighted in simply for the fact that we exist how would our lives change? What would it free us up to do unhindered by worldly expectations and affirmations?
What is the calling and purpose God created for you? If you believed in your soul you were not only worthy of serving Him but ordained to do so, what would you do? What are the things that break God’s heart and yours too? Where does your anger rise up over injustice? These are some of the clues pointing you toward your calling.
Having faith like a child that God’s word is true, that you are a masterpiece, will lead you to your purpose, His divine plan for your life.
“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. –Matthew 18:3