What do you suppose goes through the mind of an artist when they set out to create a magnificent work of art? I’ve always loved art, but I’ll be honest in saying that I was never great at it. I couldn’t draw or paint well as a child. I took a pottery class in high school, but I was average at best. The Bible tells us that we are God’s workmanship. In other words, we are His work of art. And trust me when I say that when we allow Him to be the artist of our lives, we will truly be a masterpiece.
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Come as you are…
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
There’s a lie out there that says you have to clean yourself to come to God. In other words, you have to get your life right before He will accept you. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. God does not expect you to clean yourself up before coming to Him. In fact, Jesus died for us long before we made the choice to serve Him. He longs for us to come to Him as we are… flaws and all… because He is in the business of taking what the enemy says is broken and transforming it into a masterpiece.
Once we are born again, a transformation begins. Every day that we serve God with our lives, we learn to walk in our new God-given identity. And as we learn to walk in who we were created to be, we become more and more like Jesus.
Finding peace in your mess…
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. – Psalm 139:13-16
Do you ever feel like your life is a mess? I think it’s pretty safe to say that we’ve all been there. At some point in our lives, we take a look around and wonder what in the world is going on. It’s in these moments that the enemy loves to whisper in your ear and tell you that you are beyond repair. We sometimes begin to feel hopeless as if our life will always be messy and out of control.
But this is simply NOT the truth. God knit you in your mother’s womb. He actually put you together. And not only that, but He planned good works for you to accomplish. He created you with a purpose in mind. Your life is never too messy for God. In fact, He often loves to use our messes for His glory if we would simply surrender the mess to Him.
Recognize the truth about how God sees you…
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10
I remember singing a song as a child in Sunday school class all about how God is still working on me. The idea was that we are all a work in progress. We shouldn’t give up on one another when we mess up because we aren’t all that God created us to be yet.
In one sense, this is completely true. Paul even told the Colossians to make “allowances for each other’s faults” when speaking of forgiveness and unity. (Colossians 3:13) God is still working on each of us and will continue to be working on us each day of our lives here on earth.
In another sense, however, we must remember how God sees us. While on earth we are still a work in progress, God looks at us and sees the finished product. In His eyes, we are a work of art. He sees our purpose and potential. He has declared us righteous and holy. And one day in eternity, we will be all that God has declared over us.
In God’s eyes, you are truly a work of art… a holy and righteous masterpiece in Christ.
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