The artist steps back from his painting to review his work so far. It is taking shape and he is pleased with his progress. He can see how the picture he imagined is gradually coming together, just as he intended.
To a bystander it may not look particularly special right now. They may wonder why the artist has painted it as he has, failing to see what the splodge of paint here or the shadowy patch there represents. They may not understand how it is taking shape. They may even question why the artist perseveres with this work. Wouldn’t it be better to give up and start again?
But the artist knows exactly what he is trying to accomplish. He has a vision in his mind and he can gradually see it being realised. While his work may not look like much just now, he knows how he will develop it, how he will transform what seems commonplace and insignificant into something that is beautiful and breathtaking and all that he desires it to be. It will take time and energy and thought and care and devotion, but it will be worth it.
This is his masterpiece- the artist’s greatest work of all- something beautiful, something to be treasured, something he will commit to over a long period of time to make it exactly as he wants it to be, something he will pour himself into- heart and soul. At stages in the process it may look messy, but the artist has a clear plan of exactly how it will be, and he will continue the work until it is completed.
The artist is God, and the painting, the masterpiece, is you and me. Ephesians 2:10 says, “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.”
I don’t know about you, I don’t generally feel like a beautiful work of art- I’m definitely a work in progress- but together we are God’s masterpiece. We are made in his image, created anew in Jesus, filled with his Spirit and being transformed into his likeness so that we can display him to the world.
As I looked into this verse I discovered that in the original Greek there is an emphasis on the fact that we are God’s masterpiece. It is not for us to do the work; he is the artist. All we have to do is cooperate and let him do it. As we do, even our brokenness can be transformed into beauty in his hands, and, as we are transformed, others will see and God will be glorified.
“God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness towards us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7)
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