Ephesians 2:10-13: “For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (that done in the body by the hands of men) remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.”
As we look at ourselves in the mirror what do we see? Do you see a work of art, or do you see a piece of junk? According to the scripture, Paul says that we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works. The word uses for workmanship is where we get our English word poem. In a sense, Paul is saying that we are God’s poem or his masterpiece. As a poet crafts and labors over his creation, God has labored over us. The result is something beautiful and something one of a kind. God intensely designed, crafted, and fashioned us for His pleasure. God created man in the studio of the ages and created something that had a purpose and a function. We were created in Christ Jesus, as Paul said for good works.
With that said Paul reminds the Ephesians that they were once separated from Christ and left out like strangers and aliens. As strangers they were without hope and without a citizenship. However, now as Christ-followers they are now citizens of a heavenly kingdom. They are no longer strangers, because of the blood of Jesus.
As we think about how special we are to God, being His masterpiece, we now have a charge to live as God wants us to. Often times in order to function the way we need to we need to change our perception of ourselves. If we see ourselves as junk then that is how we will operate. However, if we see ourselves as God’s very own workmanship, then that changes the way we function as Christ-followers. In a couple of chapters Paul will call us to fight a spiritual battle, and in order to fight as a good soldier for Christ I will need to see myself as God sees me.
Application – We are God’s masterpiece, His very own creation in Christ.
Challenge – See yourself and others as God sees you (in Christ), and reject false standards that you develop in your mind, such as; perfect looks, material possessions, or worldly success.
Old Testament: Isaiah 22-23 New Testament Ephesians 3