At the beginning of February, I started studying the book of Ephesians. I had felt convicted at the dawn of the new year that although I had read the Bible cover to cover severally (I think), I did not have a deep understanding of what the crux of the Bible is. And so, over time, I have had moments of spiritual highs and lows – and this was gradually becoming frustrating to me. I felt time was going by and I needed to understand what the meaning of life is. I had to know what my place is, and what I am meant to do in the grand scheme of all things. I cut back on “spiritual gymnastics and events” and I knew it was time to begin to study my bible – not read it like a newspaper. It was rather unspectacular and a painfully quiet process. Each study time, I will begin by praying, asking God to open my eyes to understand what I was about to read. I would read each section and then bring out my notes and start jotting out the points I was gleaning verbatim. These sessions ended with me praying with the scriptures I had read.
As I was about to finish my study time one morning, I read Ephesians 2:10 NLT:
“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.”
A little bit of background on this scripture… As a kid, I learned it in the NIV version as a song, and it was one of my favorite songs. But it had no meaning to me. Just like many other scriptures I had learned as a child, this was just one in my bragging bag of scriptures.
But on this February morning – and I do not mean to exaggerate – I heard a voice say in my heart, “You are my masterpiece.”
I laugh-cried that moment. I, God’s masterpiece? Haha, very funny.
This turned into a conversation. The quiet voice came back again. “It’s true. You’re really my masterpiece.” My heart wanders easily, especially when I am thinking. At that instance, something flashed in my heart. I remembered a madman who used to sit on a popular road while I was a kid. I asked in my heart – is that man also your masterpiece, Lord? And I heard, “Yes, you are all my masterpiece.”
This revelation was deep, and while it has filled me with joy, it also posed a conundrum. A masterpiece is meant to be a person’s greatest piece of work. How could my life with all its warts and all, be the epitome of God’s creation? How could the billion of men and women living on earth with all the good and bad really be His greatest piece of work? I was filled with so many “how” questions; yet, in my heart, I knew that scriptural fact was true regardless of how I felt.
Some of the answers are in the second and third sentences of Ephesians 2:10. My making as His masterpiece lies within the purview of being in Christ. The “me” that was created as a masterpiece was manufactured in a “place” (or person) called Christ. And the purpose of my manufacture was – “to do good works”. To use a weak human analogy to describe this finished work – imagine an airplane manufacturer such as Boeing. Boeing gets thousands of raw material parts from different places to make its famous engines. The moment the materials are purchased, they become Boeing’s. Boeing takes them through its many processes in its factory and a finished “masterpiece” product is made – e.g. the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In our case, God has bought us with Jesus’ blood. He has remade us inside of Christ, and now we are a finished product – His masterpiece. Unlike worldly manufacturers which keep making new “masterpieces”, with the advent of new technology every year, we are the final products. Nothing better will God make in Christ Jesus!
I pray that you see this marvelous work that God has done for us. You are His masterpiece, I am His masterpiece, we are meant to do good things He planned for us. To find meaning in life and purpose, could be as simple as asking God daily, “Which good work do you have planned for me today? Lord, I yield myself to be used by you.”
No matter how you see yourself, ask for the revelation to see through the eyes of God who you really are and what you’ve been made for- You are His masterpiece!