“For we are God's masterpiece...”
~ Ephesians 2:10a (ESV)
Webster's Dictionary defines masterpiece as: “a person's most excellent production...”. According to Roger's Desk Thesaurus, a few synonyms listed for masterpiece are: “great work of art; prize; jewel; treasure; prizewinner...”.
Jenny Lind (1820-1887), was a Swedish-born operatic singer. She began to sing onstage when she was ten. She made her debut at the Royal Swedish Opera in 1838. She was often known as the “Swedish Nightingale”, and was one of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century.
Because of her sincere reverence for God she became determined to leave the stage for a year at the height of her career. The following year she toured the United States under P. T. Barnum's auspices.
Millie Stamm wrote a story about Jenny Lind in “Meditation Moments”. The story went like this: “One day a friend found her (Lind) sitting on the seashore, her Bible on her knee. She was looking at the glory of a sunset. The friend asked how she could abandon her career. She replied: When it made me think less of the Bible, and nothing of God's glory about me, what else could I do?”.
How many times are you aware of God's glory about you? Do you marvel at the wonders of God's masterpieces? Do you notice one or more every day, or just once in a while, or hardly ever? For me, it was at the close of the day. As I reached up to close the window treatments, I noticed the huge moon against the dark sky. It was shining very brightly, and it was lighting up our total backyard. It was spectacular! For me it was truly one of those special times I witnessed one of God's masterpieces.
Ephesians 2:10a states: “...we are God's masterpiece”! We are God's most excellent production; a great work of art; a prize; a jewel; a treasure; and a prizewinner! We were molded and patterned in His image, by the Creator Himself, therefore we should not consider ourselves inferior work.
Why not become more and more alert to God's glory surrounding you? Notice the glory of God's marvelous craftsmanship displayed through a sunrise/sunset, the moon shining brightly, or the stars in the sky. His workmanship takes your breath away.
Next time you look in the mirror see what God sees, a great masterpiece, a work of art! A. W. Tozer stated: “One soul made in the image of God is more precious to Him than all the starry universe.”
Lord, thank You that long ago, even before You made the earth, You loved us and chose us in Jesus Christ to be holy, without fault, and in Your eyes a masterpiece. Amen.
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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation®, NLT® copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. Devotion shared by Ann Brock.
Webster's Dictionary defines masterpiece as: “a person's most excellent production...”.