7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 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.
The Bible points to God as the Artist, Creator, and Master Craftsman, which is clearly reflected in the first 5 words of the Bible, “In the beginning, God created!” From the beginning of Genesis, we see that He produces boundless beauty, of which man is the crowning jewel of His creation. As David stated in Psalm 139:14, as he writes about God’s workmanship and attention to detail “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–and how well I know it.” Paul also brings home this idea in Ephesians 2:10, “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.” Scripture shouts to the world about our worth, we are living, breathing pieces of art, created by God to live productive, meaning-filled lives. God wants to paint on the canvas of our lives and produce a painting of exquisite beauty. We hold the brushes but if we give them to Him, if we give Him control of our lives, He has the power to transform us into masterpieces. In His hands, we can become priceless pieces of art. Even if your life is a major mess in the hand of the Almighty Artist, common, everyday materials become masterpieces, because God has the power to transform us from common to cherished. One of the things that has always fascinated me about America is a common occurrence, garage or yard sales. One of the things that amazes me is not only what people will sell but the fact that people will buy anything. There are things I see that make me wonder, “Who would buy that?” But the thing that really intrigues me is that regardless of what people say an object is worth it is actually only worth as much as someone is will to pay for it. Throughout my life, there have been times when I have felt like an item in a garage sale. Maybe there have been seasons in your life where you felt like you didn’t really matter, or that you were not very insignificant. Times where you questioned your worth, but regardless of what other people say you are not insignificant to God and throughout His word He goes to great lengths to prove that. You are priceless you are His masterpiece. So let me ask you how much are you worth? If an item is worth the amount someone is willing to pay for it, then take a look at how much God was willing to paid for you, Romans 5:8 says, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us…” The sad reality is that some of you are thinking well there is no way that He could have died for me because I have too much sin in my life. But look at the last part of the verse, it says “…while we were still sinners.” The price God paid was for all of us, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Even in our sin, He valued us. Not only are we a priceless, timeless, work of God but the fourth declaration is:
- I am an original.
You are a one of a kind, a unique original. An original is not some cookie cutter photocopy or mass produced print of the original. Lately, there have been several fakes show up in the art world, paintings that looked like an original priceless painting but turned out to be a fake. You are an original masterpiece, the real deal. Someday we will stand before our Creator and He is not going to look at you and say, “I sure wish that you would have been more like Charles Spurgeon or Billy Graham. Instead, God is going to say, “I wish you had lived out who I created you to be.” In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul writes about us being “original.” He wrote that we make a mockery of God’s brilliance and His creativity when we don’t understand how original we are, by comparing and contrasting ourselves with others. 2 Corinthians 10:12 says, “I wouldn’t dare say that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, and measuring themselves by themselves. What foolishness!” We are immersed in a culture that is not only driven but comparisons but thrives on them. We compare everything, paychecks, physiques, bank accounts, houses, cars, clothes, sadly we even compare kids. We may pretend that we don’t, but we do, and we do it to try and gain a sense of worth based on being better than others. Not only is it a false sense of worth but it comes at a high price. Part of that price we pay as we have to constantly work to feel worth, because it’s steeped in human effort instead of His effort. The other part of the price is paid by those we put down, who are made to feel worthless so we can feel worth. Instead of creating worth we rob worth. When we compare ourselves with others we end up cheapening God’s masterpiece. It’s unfair to compare because we are originals. It’s time to stop comparing yourself to others, you are an original created by God Himself, His signature is all over you. Not only did He create you but you are made in His image, Genesis 1:27 “So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them.” We are original pieces of work, with the fingerprints of our creator all over us. We have not been called to copycat and duplicate each other, but rather to live as original pieces of art that give glory to God. Sadly there are many who instead of living out who God created them to be are trying to copy others and be like them. We see actors or famous sports stars or we watch others at church or at work and wish we lived their lives or had their successes. But the truth is you were not made to be someone else, you were made to be you. You are an original and its time you started living as one. Are you living out who God created and called you to be?