For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 KJV
Paul’s epistles are very deep and profound. His epistle to the Ephesians is the epistle about the Church of Christ , as the Church is depicted in her beauty, majesty and glory like no other portion in scripture, while the epistle to the Colossians is the epistle about the Christ of the Church , as Christ is also depicted in all His Majesty, Omniscience, Omnipotence, and glory.
The aforementioned scripture is one in which the apostle Paul makes a breathtaking and profound statement about the Church of Christ; “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” The word “workmanship” is the Greek word “poiema,” which means “poem.” As a result, we are more than just a piece of carpentry; we are an artistic masterpiece created by God Himself.
What is a poem?
A poem is a piece of writing in which the words are chosen for their beauty and sound and are carefully arranged, often in short lines that rhyme.
So in the eyes and hands of the incomparable omnipotence and omniscience of the Almighty God, you’re not an afterthought or a piece of history that’s going somewhere to happen, but you’re a beautifully crafted poem that God is writing and wants to recite to this generation, if only you can surrender, trust Him, and allow Him to weave out of your life what He wants to. His throne governs the events and orchestrations in your life.
Psalm 139:14-18 KJV
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, When I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; And in thy book all my members were written, Which in continuance were fashioned, When as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: When I awake, I am still with thee.”
If you get a revelation of yourself as being God’s poem, it will radically change the way you see yourself, and you’ll change a lot of your attitudes toward yourself. Anytime you criticise yourself as a Christian by saying to yourself, “I’m not good enough, I don’t have much, and there isn’t much in me or that I can offer, you’re criticising God’s artistic achievements.”
When God wanted to show the universe His masterpiece and what He could do, He didn’t go to the gorgeous and majestic birds or the beautifully arranged solar system, but He went to the scrap field for His materials. The one who created the sun, moon, stars and seas created man as an artistic masterpiece to show unto the universe including principalities and powers His manifold wisdom (Ephesians 3:10).
Ephesians 3:10 KJV
“To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.”
Note: Do you remember where you were before you were born again and Jesus saved you? And if you’re not yet saved, Jesus is still in the business of picking people out of the scrap fields and dump sites and writing beautiful poems about their lives, people with broken, damaged hearts and lives.
There’s a reason why God did this! It is little wonder that the apostle Paul exclaimed in his epistle to the Romans about the depth of God’s wisdom and unsearchable judgments (Romans 11:33). The reason why God chose the lowest to raise them to the highest is that the biggest problem since creation has been PRIDE. So God decided to humble the whole universe by pointing to us, and saying to creation, “See what I made out of them.”
Romans 11:33 KJV
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
When God wants to brag about His creation, He points to you and me.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 KJV
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called : but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea , and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.”
As you go into this New Year, I pray that you’ll ponder this profound truth and revelation, and trust that God wrote your peculiar scenario in His eternal plan, and He will ultimately work out His counsel in your life as you live in this contemporary, humanistic, and godless culture.
Ephesians 1:11 KJV
“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.”