A kindergarten teacher was trying to understand how she could teach her young students from a biblical worldview. At her Christian school, she spent time telling her students about their intrinsic value as God’s creation. That weekend, one of her boys unexpectedly used his mother’s smartphone to post a video to Facebook. With his toothless grin and wide smile, he boldly proclaimed to the world, “Who am I? I am God’s masterpiece!”
A “masterpiece” is a priceless creation. The word often used to describe valuable works of art, itself implies that this “piece” is formed by an expert, a “master” craftsman. In Ephesians, Paul describes who we are. He begins by saying we are “dead” in our sinfulness (v. 2). Controlled by the “ways of this world,” we did not follow God but lived in disobedience (v. 3). The turning point comes in verse 4 with the word “but.” Everything changes because of God’s “great love for us” (v. 4). The result? We are made alive and saved by His grace (v. 5). This grace ensures our future and changes who we are. It is not a result of our work; God produces this change (v. 8).
We, sinners, have the awesome privilege to be described as His “masterpiece” (NLT). Some Bible versions use “workmanship” (NASB) or “handiwork” (NIV). That word can be translated from the Greek as “His work of art.” Do you believe that about yourself? Perhaps you need to refresh your worldview. As God’s creation, you have implicit value. This is just one part of the biblical worldview that will help us interpret the world around us. Even wide grinned, toothless 5-year-olds can understand this foundational truth and celebrate the incredible gift of being God’s unique work of art.
>> Do you think of yourself as a masterpiece? As God’s special creation, you are created and saved to do His work. This identity, this worldview, should change how we think, act, and live.
Today we invite you to praise the Lord as your Creator, Savior, and Teacher. Thank Him that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” created to do good works for the Kingdom.