Ephesians 2:10 NKJV – The fingerprint of God

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

I’ve had the privilege from time to time to watch master craftsmen at work. I’ve watched stone masons, glass blowers, wrought iron workers (blacksmiths), carvers, and those who craft fine furniture. All of these men and women were obviously gifted by God to bring beauty out of inanimate objects. Objects that have no life, yet once complete, they have personality and charm. They’ve spent countless years honing their craft. Some of them craft because of the sure joy in seeing the finished product, while others craft as their profession.

We see here in this verse that God has given us a name; a title if you will. We are “His workmanship”. God crafted us with His own hands, cell by cell and He continues to mold us into His image as a potter molds clay. He shapes us, forms us, polishes us up to do His work. Now, I’ve seen some amazing work by master craftsmen. I’ve seen work that was truly beautiful. But none of it can stand to the work God does in His children. We are alive and not inanimate. His desire is to craft us in a way that is unique to each of us. We are one of a kind. We are a “Special Edition”; a Masterpiece. We are God’s prize possession. Not for sale, and yet used for His glory.

Some craftsmen sign their pieces to let people know the origin and the artist, thereby giving that piece an increased value. Each of us have God’s fingerprint on us. That’s His signature line. His fingerprint tells everyone who crafted us and our value lies in the eternal mercy and grace of His Son, Jesus.

Can you make me a promise? Will you spend some time in prayer thanking God that He created you to be His workmanship? Will you thank God that by His mercy and grace we are one of a kind?

Dear Lord. Thank You that each of us are Your workmanship. Your one of a kind masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus. Help us understand that You are continually shaping us, forming us, molding us, polishing us for Your good pleasure so that we can walk in Your will for Your glory. Before time began, You already had a picture of what You wanted to accomplish in us. And You perfected that picture through Your Son, Jesus. We give You the glory. We give You the praise. Thank You Lord that we carry Your fingerprint. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Psalm 139:13-14 NKJV – Who am I?

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

God knew our every part before time began. He formed us and molded us to be His image. Marvelous are His works. So why are there times when we think of ourselves as less than God’s masterpiece?

God’s power is revealed in His creation and it bears witness to God’s wisdom. We are who God wants us to be. God did not create us to become someone other than what He intended. His wisdom has been imparted in us to be exactly what He desires. And God’s desire, for us to be what He has called and made us to be, never dwindles. He pursues us so that He can continue to mold us. He is the potter and we are the clay.

So I ask again, why do we think of ourselves as less than God’s masterpiece? Because we look at ourselves through our own eyes and emotions. The world speaks a lot about being the best. It pours out billions and billions of dollars to advertise just how we should think, what we should look like, all to improve our self-image thus improving our self-respect.

Self-respect is defined as a sense of personal worth and dignity. Scripture points to the need for believers to ground their self-respect in God himself, rather than trusting in the opinion and valuation of other individuals or society as a whole. The basis of self-respect is a relationship with God.

God’s strength is the source of self-respect. “But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me”. (2 Timothy 4:17 NKJV) So our personal worth or how we look at ourselves is grounded in God’s strength and a disciplined life in Christ. When we walk and live in Christ, we have relationship with Him. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NKJV) The world does not define us. Christ defines us. The world doesn’t have to agree with that. But that’s ok.

Friend, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God created you in His image and it was “very good”. When you begin to feel less than adequate or you begin to feel that the world’s viewpoint is better, than stop. Stop and think about this and then go to God in prayer. Allow God to pour into you the truth. The world is not the truth. Jesus is the truth. ““I am the way, the truth, and the life”. (John 14:6 NKJV) Building a relationship with God through prayer and the study of God’s Word is foundational to changing the way we sometimes think of ourselves. Ask the Lord to allow you to see through His eyes. You will then begin to understand how He is the Master craftsman and you are His masterpiece.

O Holy Lord, thank You that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We thank You that we were made in Your image to do good things. You knew us before time began and molded us in our mother’s womb to be exactly what You desired. Guide us and teach us Holy Spirit to walk in the ways of the Lord so that we can shine as God’s masterpiece. For Your glory and honor. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Psalm 90:17 NKJV – Your presence is all we need

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.

The beauty of the Lord encompasses so many things. He is glorious. He is matchless. He is wonderful. He is all loving. He is Almighty. In the midst of life, in wilderness or not, it’s the blessing of God’s own presence which gives meaning and joy. When we are wandering in the wilderness of life, we may not leave any monuments or boast to any of our own accomplishments, but God will give eternal significance to the deeds of hands that serve Him. It is God that establishes the work of our hands. It is God who receives the glory.

There are times when we just “keep on keepin on” because we are called by God to live out His will in our lives. We press in when it gets tough. We labor in the face of discouragement. We endure the hardships. The reason? It’s all about Jesus. God gave His all for us. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NKJV) Now we give our all for Him.

An essential part in the life of believers is more than a matter of external observance. It’s more than a matter of what other people will observe, but it’s a total commitment to God. We serve because He served. We love because He is love. We give because He gave. We submit because He submitted. We press in toward the goal because He established our prize. We give our all because He is our all in all. And if others see our service as being different, or see us as “peculiar”, than glory to God. Pleasing God involves inward attitudes, not simply external observance. “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.” (Romans 14:17-18 NKJV)

The beauty of all of this comes from the eternal and everlasting desire for God to spend eternity with His creation. His desire to be with us has never changed. His gift to us, Jesus, opened the gateway to God’s presence. Jesus Christ is the way to engage God’s Holy presence. Jesus Christ is the way to eternal life. Jesus Christ was given to us because God loved us first. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:18-19 NKJV) And when we accept Jesus Christ into our lives, God continues with His promise to establish the work of our hands.

No matter what we may face, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, no matter the time or the day, no matter how severe our situation is, as believers, God will establish the work of our hands. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV) And if we keep our eyes on God and if what we accomplish by the hand of God touches someone else’s life, than Praise God!

Friend, join me today in prayer, thanking God for His work in us. Thank God that He prepared beforehand the good works we would do. Thank God that He establishes our way for His purpose and His glory. And thank God for giving us His Son, Jesus, as our gateway to His glory.

Precious and eternal God. Thank You that since the beginning of time You desired to spend eternity with Your creation. Thank You that You establish the work of our hands. Keep us Lord as we serve You. Strengthen us with Your mighty hand. Restore us Lord when we become weary. Thank You God that You gave Your all for us, Your Son Jesus, so that we can receive Your greatest gift. May all we say and do give glory to Your name. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!