Workmanship or “Piece of work”
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
Workmanship. Masterpiece. Handiwork. These are different English words used to translate the idea Paul is bringing out in Ephesians 2:10. I wonder how often we go into the day thinking about all that this means. When was the last time you approached your day sure that God has given you everything you need, to do all the good He wants to accomplish, through you, in that day? When was that last time you thought of yourself as His masterpiece? Can we let this sink into our lives deep enough that it will change us? What if today, right now you reminded yourself: In Christ, I am God’s masterpiece and I am uniquely positioned today to do all the good works He wants me to do. That breathes powerful purpose into our lives. It frees us from the twin fears of despair (Who am I to accomplish Divine purposes?) and purposelessness (How can my day-to-day life accomplish Divine purposes?) You are not a piece of work. You are God’s handiwork. You are positioned for good works which flow from your union with Jesus. IN Christ. With Christ. Today. Right now.