Friday, October 25, 2013

God's Masterpiece

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
For we are God's masterpiece (handiwork, workmanship).  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

 

I've expanded today's verse with words from several translations.  English words don't always match the original Greek so various translations attempt to capture the original meaning.  One version can't even describe your essence in one word.  It states  "For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life." (NRSV)

Here's what I think is so beautiful:  the word translated masterpiece, handiwork, workmanship, or 'what He made us to be' comes from the Greek word poiema, where we get the English word poem.

You are God's poem. 


What words do you use to describe poetry?  All of those words describe your essence - who you are in God's eyes.  No two poems are the same.  Each has a different personality, voice, rhythm, message, emotion, power.... yet each is crafted by God intentionally and carefully to be our way of life.

You are God's masterpiece.

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