“For we are His workmanship” – Ephesians 2:10
Evolutionists can trace their family tree back to a pool of goo if it makes them happy. Christians know that God designed man and the entire solar system and declared it “very good.” Adam was the first sculpture, formed from clay by God’s loving hands and given the creator’s own breath.
Workmanship hints at art. Once we accept Christ as our Savior (Ephesians 2:8-9), we become a lump of clay in his hands. He wants to work us over, form us into a masterpiece.
We let the voices in the world steal our joy in being “created in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:10). They say our body must be a certain shape or size, we must dress in certain clothes, and if we drive a certain car or live in a prestigious neighborhood then we can admire ourselves.
All of this is a lie. It is a distraction. It keeps us from focusing on being all we can be for our Lord. But there’s good news, my friend.
God made Adam in his own image. God wants to recreate you to be like His precious son.
Unlike an actual piece of clay in a potter’s hands, God gives us free will. We can choose to submit to His hands and His design, or we can follow our own plans.
God won’t force you into a mold. He’ll let you choose to conform to the world, copy their fads, and pursue their goals.
If that sounds like the good news, it’s not. God is waiting to begin working on you. You must submit to his plan for your life. Maybe you have your heart set on being a vase to display fresh-cut flowers. God might need you to be a pitcher, carrying water to the thirsty souls of the world.
The good news: you can choose. The bad news: you might choose wrong. Unless you choose God’s pattern for your life.
Once you submit to God’s plan, the news just gets better and better.
When you’re on the potter’s wheel, you can be “confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
God isn’t a quitter. He won’t form you into a pretty bowl ready to serve others and put you on a shelf. He’ll fire you, glaze you, sand you, fire you again, perfect you, and put you to work.
Once you allow God to work on you, things will heat up. You might be tempted to move away from the fire, but without the oven, that clay bowl isn’t strong enough to be useful.
Submission is rarely a one-act play. True followers of Christ find themselves re-submitting to the artist’s plan on a regular basis.
But that’s not the best news.
“We know that when he (Jesus) shall appear, we shall be like him” (1 John 3:2).
Life is a struggle. We mess up. We fall down and put a crack in the pot God is crafting.
One day, none of that will matter. When this life ends, we will see Jesus. When we see him, we will be like him. At long last, God’s perfect will is accomplished.
“Look, God, I’m finally in Jesus’ likeness.” In the end, you will reach the goal because He will change you.
Remember that you are a masterpiece in progress. When you mess up, return to the artist and allow him to fix the breakage. One day, he will make sure you’re just the way he intended from the start.