For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Eph. 2:10)
Need a little encouragement? Take this verse to heart. Paul is telling us here that those who follow Jesus Christ are (God’s) workmanship. The Greek word used here for workmanship is poiema, and might look familiar. It’s the origin of the English word poem. Therefore, we are God’s poem. Now considering that God is perfect in all His ways, any work of art He creates is, well, pretty amazing to say the least. Our lives are poems being written by God. That’s good stuff!
But it gets better. We are created in Christ Jesus for good works. Now these aren’t just your everyday good works that you or I might come up with. These are good works that are pre-ordained. Now if something was ordained before we were born, then God must be the One ordaining these works. So we are created (God’s poem) for good works that God has pre-ordained!
If you are feeling the stress of these times, take this precious verse to heart. You are a specific work of art, created by none other than the Creator God of the Universe. And you are more than an inanimate writing or painting, you are a living work of art, created for good works that God has pre-ordained for you. So when you pray to the Lord today, give Him thanks and praise, because He has loved us and blessed us so richly. Rejoice!