“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ag0.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
My Dearest Mom,
We cannot create or restore ourselves any more than paint and canvas can become a work of art on its own. Only the artist can accomplish this. Only God is qualified to recreate us for His glory and in the image of His son Jesus.
We are God’s masterpieces. But we are not like a painting in a museum that is simply hanging there to be viewed and admired. We are created anew so that we can do the work of our Father, that we may abide with Him, and bear good fruit. The beauty of the masterpiece of the believer is not the outward appearance, but what is in our hearts.
God chose you. He chose you to live on the earth, in this place, at this time, and for His purpose. You are not just a blob of paint on a canvas. You were thought out, lovingly designed, and intentional. Nothing about you is a mistake; God uses it all for His specific plan and purpose.
The enemy will try to tell you that you are not worthy, not able, not good enough. He whispers in your ear and tells you things that God never said. And you strain and bend to listen to him like a moth to a flame; even though you know the truth, you believe the lie. Why does the devil lie to you? Because if you really knew your identity in Christ, you would become a mighty warrior in the battle, and you would walk in victory.
The enemy does not want you to walk in victory. To defeat him you must:
- Remember you were made in God’s image and likeness (Genesis 1:27).
- Remember before the foundation of the world God knew you (Ephesians 1:4).
- Remember you are a daughter of the King (Psalm 45:9-10).
- Remember you are loved (Jeremiah 31:3).
- Remember you belong to God (Isaiah 43:1).
Finding salvation in Jesus Christ means that the old has passed away and you have become a new creation; drawn by the Master painter, molded by the Master sculptor. He has looked at you and said, “It is good.”
The accuser will point his finger and question your worthiness. But God sees you differently. You are His reflection. I pray you continue to see yourself as Jesus sees you—you are who He says you are!
Love in Him,
Susie O’Neal and the Help Club for Moms Team
“God made us each to shine our own unique light.” Ann Goering