Before I start, I want to state this post is not a sympathy vote, a boo-hoo, feel sorry for Terri post,
God has spent many long hours working me through this particular area in my life and he is always very gracious and patient when I default back to the enemy’s lies.
Which, in itself, is a worthy lesson, when with our human instinct is to revert back to lies that the enemy has well embedded into our belief system. God is always so loving and patient. he is kind and understanding. He doesn’t get fed up waiting and move on to the next person and say, oh stuff that, I’ve tried with her and failed, I’ll just forget it. He will never get bored reminding us of our true value and worth.
So getting back to what I wanted to write about… This morning in my daily Bible reading, Ephesians 2, I was reminded of the truth that we are God’s Masterpiece,
“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
For all the times I have read this, just this morning I felt prompted to google masterpiece?
I found a few definitions, all around the same description that a masterpiece is a great work, a creation given much praise, an artist’s best work, outstanding creativity.
From someone who loves nature and is often blown away by the beauty of this earth, I’m completely amazed that we humans are classed as his best work. Hard to fathom really! And even harder to fathom when if, like me, you have spent the first 30 odd years of your life believing that you got here by accident.
I’ll not beat about the bush or sugar coat this truth and, in advance, if this causes any family member distress, I can only apologise. But being the result of a drunken fumble, being denied for a lot of years, and kept as a dirty secret from family, most definitely left some room for the enemy to get in and feed me lies.
Thankfully for me, God had a plan and I was placed with great foster parents who gave me a great life and loved me so well; I’m so thankful for them and I’m here now writing this, so it’s all good.
“You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.”
Psalms 139:5 NLT
The point that I want to make is that the enemy has gone to a great effort from a very young age to convince me that I was an accident, unwanted, arrived by mistake and a lot of other lies he has managed to freeload onto the back of the “you were a mistake lie”
I know I’m not alone. This is the enemy’s favourite scheme, get them while they are young! I know you don’t have to be the result of an affair or end up in the foster system to believe these lies either. The enemy is the master deceiver and he can take something small and insignificant and twist it into the biggest lie you will ever believe. Even something as small as a child overhearing a silly argument or an off-handed comment; can be twisted to convince a child they are unwanted or unloved.
But here we read God’s word, his truth, and it’s telling me that I’m His Masterpiece, his greatest work, his outstanding creativity…
How could the artist create a Masterpiece without first having purposely planned and thought through his greatest work? It could not have happened by accident. My thought is when an artist is doing his best piece of work he will use the best materials, take time to plan it through and will have a plan and purpose for it when it is completed. There is no way it just comes from a few left over scraps of material, thrown together absentmindedly with nothing in mind to do with it after.
If what the Bible tells me is true, which I know it is because it is God’s word, I could not be accidental, I could not be a mistake, I had to be created with plans and purpose.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
Sometimes a masterpiece ends up not being cared for very well. Sometimes a masterpiece ends up in the wrong hands. Sometimes a masterpiece can end up hidden away for a long time and undiscovered. Sometimes a masterpiece can get LOST. But it’s value remains the same, it’s worth and purpose for creation doesn’t change. Sometimes people recognise the art and appreciate it but don’t value the artist Teri Horton paid five dollars for a Jackson Pollock painting at a thrift store which had an estimated value of fifty million. She didn’t have a clue, but someone knew its value … obviously not the previous owner.
Do you know your value? Regardless of who did or didn’t see your value to this point. whoever left you in the metaphoric thrift store or hid you away from view, I want to remind you God knows your value, your worth and he calls YOU his Masterpiece. And Jesus knew it because he paid the ultimate price for God’s Masterpiece.
My prayer today is that you know and fully understand this truth, that you have the discernment to know when the enemy is speaking lies to you, and you have the wisdom and strength to call them out and replace them with the whole truth, that is THAT YOU ARE GOD’S MASTERPIECE!