For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)
What do you think of when you read the first part of this verse? If it is anything other than an epic poem, a symphony, a handcrafted masterpiece, then you have missed something vital. We may not think a lot about workmanship in an age in which we can buy the same product from the same store in a hundred different cities, but think for a moment of an artist, a poet, or a composer laboring over every detail of the piece he is creating. The word for “workmanship” in this verse in Greek is poiema, the word that gives us “poem” in English. Are you seeing the picture?
Stress and problems to solve do not define you. A list of things to do does not define you. Temptation and sin do not define you. As Christian artist Michael Sweet once wrote, “You took this life and painted it with definition.” You are defined by the attentive, caring hand of God, Who crafted you for works of true Kingdom significance.
How does the truth of this verse change your perspective on today or this week? How does it cause you to see your relationships differently? You are God’s poem, my friend, the lyrics to a celestial song.
Jesus, it is so hard sometimes to believe verses like this one. It is much easier to believe the message of the world. Give me the courage to live the life that You have created, even if it is more brilliant than makes me comfortable. Amen.
Copyright © 2014 by Steven R. Perkins