The verse in Ephesians that describes believers as the workmanship of God was our memory verse several years ago for our church Day Camp. There are several different translations of this verse that can help shed light on this unique position of believers. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 ESV
NIV translates workmanship as God’s handiwork
NLT calls us His masterpiece
HCSB says we are His creation
The Living (TLB) says we are what He has made us
The Amphified goes the extra mile adding several words: ” For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus”
Each translation adds a new dimension to the definition of what it means for us to be called His Workmanship. God created us to do His work in the world. He even prepared those good things He wants us to do for Him before we were even born. God wants us to walk with Him and do good works in the name of Jesus to bring glory to His name. It pleases God when we obey and serve Him.
It means a lot to me that God thought enough of me to create me for good works. He desires that I accomplish great things for Him. He wants me to be a masterpiece or a true work of art in the name of Jesus. When we recognize that we are not just a dot to God but a whole canvas masterpiece, we realize how much He loves us and wants good for us.
If you were doubting yourself or your existence today, doubt no more! God has created you for good things and desires that you accomplish them in and through Jesus. It is a privileged work He has for us in a privileged place. Take a tour of God’s museum of life and walk with Him. He will show you all the good pieces that are treasures to behold!
Focus on Jesus and let God make your canvas perfect in Him.