“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 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 2:8-10 (NLT)
In the context of expressing the miraculous grace that infuses new life – God’s life – into the believer, Paul makes an intriguing statement: “…We are God’s masterpiece.” Other translations might phrase it, “…We are God’s workmanship.” However you put it, what cannot be denied is that each particular believer is special in the eyes of God, and as a result, each particular believer is being crafted into something more special than we can even imagine: a person conformed into the image of Christ.
The strange thing about persons, though, is that they are… strange. Think of it: You have never met another you. In fact, you have never met two persons who were exactly alike. Even identical twins are unique persons – complete with unique personalities, experiences, fears, tastes, likes, and dislikes. No two are quite alike. Persons are irreplaceable, and according to the intentional design of their Maker and Redeemer, it is precisely their unique expression of His image that both gives them dignity and makes them invaluable.
As you begin this week of intentionally searching for God’s fullness to be actualized in your life, remember – first – that you are you, and there is no other. And – second – remember that He doesn’t want too much: He just wants you… all of you. You are a masterpiece; you are His masterpiece.