“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10, NIV
Michelangelo salvaged a piece of marble that had been discarded by other sculptors because it was too long and narrow for any artistic use. “Of what value is that strange piece of marble?” people would asked. “What will you ever be able to produce from it?” “I see David!” Michelangelo responded. Then he put his imagination to work, chiseling and carving. When he finished, there stood “David,” one of the greatest pieces of sculpted art the world has ever enjoyed.
When the world gazes upon the average Christ-follower, their response is often like the response of the people looking at the raw slab of marble that Michelangelo hauled to his workshop. “Of what value is that?” Do you know, if we only looked at the external, they would be correct. Christ-followers are really nothing special in and of themselves. However, God looks at His children just like Michelangelo looked at that slab of marble. God sees a potential in us that the world does not see. God specializes in taking raw, rough, broken lives and transforming them into magnificent masterpieces. However, God does not transform us into masterpieces for any aesthetic value but for works of encouragement and service. “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,” (Ephesians 2:10) to be a blessing to all we come into contact with, and to reflect God’s goodness and love through our lives.
QUESTION: Are you allowing God to transform you into a masterpiece of good works? Do you realize just how special and important you are to God? Will you allow God to sculpt you into a masterpiece as you read His Word daily, humble yourself before Him in prayer and commit yourself to a lifetime of service to others?