Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 27th, 2018
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.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
See the love of our wondrous God. We look at the mountains and marvel at their beauty. We see the ocean and hear the waves rolling in. We can look in every direction and see the work of His hands. But, the Lord calls us His masterpiece. Our new life in Christ is a gift by divine design. He has things planned for us.
This past April The National Gallery of Canada was planning on selling Marc Chagall’s masterpiece The Eiffel Tower so it would have the funds to purchase a Canadian piece by artist Jacques-Louis David, Saint Jerome Hears the Trumpet. The Catholic parish in Quebec City was forced to sell it because it needed the funds for the upkeep of its properties. The National Gallery changed its mind about selling the Chagall work after the Quebec government guaranteed that Saint Jerome Hears the Trumpet would remain in Quebec.
If I were to ask you what God’s greatest masterpiece is, you would probably name something like Banff Alberta or the Mosel Valley in Germany. These are stunningly beautiful and no one would argue that these are true masterpieces. But the Bible names something entirely different as God’s masterpiece. Listen to what Paul says in Ephesians 2:10: “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.” Our world teaches that we are a product of chance, and that no one has any special worth or value. What a shock it must be for someone who believes this to read that the man or woman who has been redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ is God’s masterpiece. He does His work in us by transforming our hearts and giving us new life. He has a plan for our lives and calls us to be faithful to that plan. Have you discovered the good things He has planned for you to do? If not, take time in God’s word and in prayer, and seek out godly counsel. Then get going.
These have been words from the heart.