Because I believe Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I am God’s Workmanship. 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 desires for us to walk with Him and do good works in the name of Jesus to bring glory to His name. “And now, _________(put your own name in here), what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. It pleases God when we obey and serve Him.” Deuteronomy 10:12
Living a life that pleases God causes us to want to do good works, and God thought enough of me to prepare ahead of time specific things for me to do. God’s will is that I accomplish these things for Him and bring Him glory. 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. Walk with Him today with open eyes and heart. He will reveal what He has for you to do, that only you can do in Christ.
Focus on Jesus and let God make your canvas perfect in Him.