“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)
What a beautiful scripture this is, encouraging us to know who we are through the eyes of the one who created us. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just need to be reminded of this truth.
Deep within every human being is a longing to be loved and accepted. I need to remember this, because for most of us, this is not a reality we easily claim. Instead we look in the mirror and only see faults or reason for comparison. We allow the wrong voices to define who we are.
In some cases it’s our culture. But other times it’s the very people we love who wrongly define who we are. Hurtful words can deceive us into thinking we are unworthy.
Yet God created us to be people of strength and beauty, each with a divine purpose planned by Him before we were born. God alone has the right to define us.
He is the Creator. He is our designer. And this is what he says about you and me, WE ARE:
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)
Will you believe these words about yourself today? Are you able to look for that same truth in your fellow man today as well?
We are God’s beloved creation, masterfully designed for his use. How absolutely amazing is that!
Oh for the grace to receive these lovely verses! Today I will choose to look through the eyes of truth.
Grace and truth – salve for the soul. Where would we be without it. Thanks for the reminder, Deborah.
There are plenty of days I’m anything but a masterpiece, however the truth is the truth and by God’s grace the good things he’s planned do happen in spite of how I see myself. Have a great weekend Pat.
I’m also glad the truth isn’t altered by our performance or feelings, the truth is definitely the truth! On that, we can firmly stand!
All of my favorite scriptures right here… : – )
Mine too, Jennifer! Blessings to you.
Great truths today Pat, and I really needed them! I think I will print this post and look at it everyday and send a copy to my 3 sons and grand kids. We all need to remember who we are in Christ, what He is doing through us, and that we are more than conquerors through Him! That one scripture alone, Ephesians 2:10, “created with purpose to do great works for God’s Kingdom,” is enough for us to wake up each morning with renewed fervor to face the day! God, WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN STORE FOR ME TODAY? This is where we should live, and life would have more meaning, purpose, and joy! Enjoyed this tonight Pat!
You’re always such a source of encouragement and inspiration to me, Jeannie. I can easily picture the sparkle in your eyes as you preach with conviction and fire. You truly live Eph 2:10 and I’m grateful for that. Bless you!
Sometimes a black and white image simply says it all. Thank you, Pat, for your words, your heart, shared with us
Ha – yes it does, Linda. The entire gospel is much more black and white than we let it be most of the time, isn’t it.
I sure appreciate you! Blessings.
Thank you for stopping by my blog some weeks ago. I really like this post. I’m reading a book called, Seeing Yourself Through God’s Eyes. It talks about everything you just said. Thank you for reminding me of who I am in Christ, what I have in Christ, and what I can do in Christ.
Isn’t it wonderful when the Holy Spirit speaks the same thing to us through different vehicles? I just love that.
Abundant blessings to you too today.
”God alone has the right to define us.’ I love that. That is so very true. He has the right to define us and he has defined us. Wonderful!
And oh how I love the fact tender little ones in your care truly learn this truth from you and your staff. It is the highest privilege we have, to teach and demonstrate God’s heavenly perspective to children. Thank you for doing that Peter.
Hi Pat! It’s sometimes hard to remember that we are masterpieces, but we are! Made by God we are just perfect for him. I’m so happy that there are many Scripture passages (which you have cataloged here) to remind me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. What love!
May God give me the strength and faith to believe the great news that I am just what he wants 🙂
Amen Ceil – I also ask for the strength and faith to believe this truth. Every message the world sends me suggests otherwise. You’re a tremendous source of encouragement. Thank you for that, friend.
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