The Greatest Artist

Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanshiop, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” This is one of those verses that I have read probably hundreds of times but never really took the time to let the true message soak in. Paul starts the verse by telling us that we are his (Christ’s) workmanship. This means that we are the work of God. In Genesis we find that man is the only part of God’s creation that He breathed the breath of life into. This makes man the only part of creation with a living soul. Man was the only part of creation that God gave free will to. Man is the only part of creation that is made in the image of God. Man is the epitomy of God’s creation.
When Paul tells the church at Ephesus that we are the workmanship of God, this means that everything we are or are capable of being directly reflects on the amazing power of God. It reminds me of a story I heard once about a very educated man who got into an argument with God. He told God that he was confident that he could make a man just like God did. He could make the arms and legs, the head, and even the innermost detailed organs of the human anatomy. He was so confident in his own abilities that he even told God he could do it without the help of God. So God told him to go ahead and give it a shot. The educated man eagerly gathered himself and reached down to grab a handful of dirt when all of a sudden he was interrupted. Before he could reach down and gather the dirt God told him, Go Get your Own Dirt! We often forget that we are who we are because of the grace and mercy of an all loving God.
Consider for a moment the complexity of the human eye. Even Charles Darwin struggled with explaining how that the human eye could have “eveolved” through naturalistic processes. He wrote in his book The Origin Of Species: “To suppose that the eye with all it’s inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, i freely confess, ABSURD IN THE HIGHEST SENSE.” Even evolutioinist Robert Jastrow has admitted that “the eye appears to have been designed.” In keeping in mind that these two educated men were and still are considered some of the most intelligent people in history, the only logical response to such admissions as have been made by these two men could only be summed up in the modern way of speaking with the word “DUH!” We have been created because God is creative! In Genesis 1:26 one can clearly see that all 3 offices of the GodHead are taking part in making man “in the image of God.” If the smartest men of the day are subjected to admitting that evolution of the eye is absurd, then maybe, just maybe, Paul knew what he was talking about when he said that we are the workmanship of God.
We are God’s canvas. In Jeremiah God describes His relationship with His people by illustrating the potter and the clay. He is the potter and we are the clay. He is the artist, we are the canvas. A blank canvis, no matter how hard it tries, can’t be of any value unless it has been touched by the hands of the artist. There are those who are trying to “find themselves” but they are only drifting further and further away from who God designed them to be. Instead of trying to find yourself, try to find God. Look for Jesus in everything in life, for we can only know the true meaning of a piece of art by knowing the artist. We have been designed by the greatest artist of all time. The psalmist tells us that even the heavens declare the glory of God. If God can create a bird and give it the ability to fly gracefully through the air without falling to the earth below, doesn’t it only seem logical that He can make us into something great if we let Him? You are not just a nobody. To the Creator of the ends of the earth, you are worth dying for. Your money doesn’t determine who you should be. Your social status is not your defining factor in life. If God can make a man, and make the smallest part of that man to be the most complex feature of the man so much as to confuse the minds of the most highly educated men, then isn’t it possible that God can take a broken heart and make it whole again? Isn’t it possible that God can take a broken home and and put it back together? Isn’t it possible that God can take a prostitute and make a great woman of God out of her? Isn’t it possible for God to be able to take a drug addicted drunk and turn him into one of the greatest men of history? Isn’t it possible that God can take you from where you used to be and make you into what you are now? Isn’t it possible that God can take even the lowest of men and make something great out of Him? I say yes! I say yes that God can mend a broken heart! I say yes that God can fix a broken home! I say yes that God can take lowliest and make them into the highest! He has proven Himself time and time again. It’s time that we understand our place as His canvas. In our own power, we are doomed, but in the hands of the Great Artist, we are redeemed!
So the next time you find yourself “down in the dumps” just find a mirror and look in it and remember not who you are, but who God can make you. Know that you are looking at the most valuabl piece of art to ever grace the presence of mankind. Know that God can mend your broken heart. Know that God can reach down into the miry clay, pick you up, set your feet on a solid rock, and establish your goings just as He did with the Psalmist.
He will even put a new song in your heart! You’ve been singing to the tune of lies and deception, but now you can sing the song of truth and honesty. You’ve been singing the songs of self depravity, but now you can sing the song of the redeemed! We are the workmanship of God. We are not just part of God’s creation, we are His masterpiece. Let go of your life and let God turn you into something great! Let go and let God do what He does best. Let God continue to work on His masterpiece!

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