For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV) Ephesians 2:10
For more years than I’d like to admit, I refused to believe I was God’s handiwork. After all, why in the world God create a person who always seemed to be messing up? How could God call someone His ‘handiwork’ – a work made by one’s own hands of which they are supposed to be proud of – when that someone has things in their past which God was surely not proud of? And how could one’s life be considered His ‘handiwork’, if one can’t see anything masterful being built at all?
Ever asked yourself those questions? If so, listen up friend. In the Old Testament, Psalm 139:13 says “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” And then in the New Testament we read this verse in Ephesians 2:10 above. He knew us in the womb, He crafted us, knitted us together piece by piece and we are His handiwork.
In the same way He crafted our physical bodies into a beautiful handiwork, He crafts our lives into a masterpiece too, which is exactly what I talked about in todays Proverbs 31 Devotion, When You Can’t See What God Is Building. In that devotion I share a story about my husband and son building a pyramid, of which I had no idea how it would turn out until it was all said and done. My husband – being the builder that He is – knew what he was building, while I – not being a builder at all – could not visualize what he had in mind.
Yet when I saw the end result, I was amazed. Here are a couple pictures of the handiwork they built in our garage four years ago. I was planning on buying some glue and foam board, and my husband breaks out saws, hammers, lumber and nails. Have mercy. Needless to say, both my men got an A on that project. 🙂
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