“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
You are God’s creation, His workmanship. This verse isn’t merely talking about how God created you as He created all people, knitting them together in the womb with specific parents and ancestry. That is true, He did that for you too. But in Christ Jesus you have been created new, you are a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17). And He has made you specifically and specially with at least one gift and made to do good things. (1 Peter 4:10). Some translations of the Bible translate the word workmanship as masterpiece. And Believer, I think you are a masterpiece, carefully crafted by the Creator of the entire universe. He created you lovingly, carefully, and purposely. His masterpiece! Not just an assembly line pop art project but a masterpiece!
What are some masterpieces you can think of? DaVinci’s The Mona Lisa? Beethoven’s 9th Symphony? Van Gogh’s Starry Night? You are more amazing and beautiful than any of those pieces. You are an intricate, complex, beautiful, and wonderful work.
Job 10:10-12 reads,
“Did you not pour me out like milk
and curdle me like cheese?
11 You clothed me with skin and flesh,
and knit me together with bones and sinews.
12 You have granted me life and steadfast love,
and your care has preserved my spirit.”
Psalm 139:13-15 says,
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”
God, Our Father, Our Creator, Our King, loves us deeply. He made us. He has plans for us. He chose us.
Psalm 139:16-18 says,
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.”
Can you even imagine how many grains of sand there are on a small area of beach? Yet God’s thoughts of you outnumber them! He loves you that much! He knew you and loved you before you were born. He knew who you would be and ordained your days. We’re not talking about just anyone here, but we are talking about The LORD! Wow! That blows my mind.
That is really deep love. If King of Kings loves you that much, what right do you have to disagree with that love? Maybe you are reading this and you are not a Believer. Maybe you wonder if God loves you that much too. Yes. He does. (Read here to find out about that love.)
And when you are a believer you are not who you were anymore. God no longer sees your sin (the wrongs you commit like lying, complaining, or stealing), or your tendency toward sin (called the flesh). He made you a new person! 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 says,
“From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Workmanship of The Lord, you are amazing! Every day you are being made more and more like Jesus, more and more beautiful. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 says,
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
The Spirit is in you. He is inside you! The Lord God is within you. (Romans 8:11). His transformation, workmanship is noticeable. Galatians 5:22-23 describes it like this,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
As God’s workmanship there are many amazing things about you. One of them is that you have been given gifts and power. You were made for the purpose of good works and He gave you the ability to do those things. Believer, be who you were created to be, a masterpiece, God’s own workmanship. Do what you were created to do, good works for God’s glory.