Week Two, Friday Ephesians

You’re a piece of work!

Scripture: Ephesians 2:10

10 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 ago.” – Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation)

Have you ever heard someone call someone else “a piece of work?” It’s not usually a good thing, except for in Ephesians 2:10 where it is. This verse refers to us as being “God’s masterpiece.” Other translations word it “God’s handiwork (NIV),” “his workmanship (KJV),” “His creation (HCSB),” and, “what he has made us (NRSV).” I could go on, but you get the point – God created us and we are a piece of work – His piece of work. The Greek word Paul chose for this verse is “poiema.” This is where we get the English word, “poem.” What Paul had in mind when penning this verse is that we are a work of masterful creativity. Paul did not use this word flippantly. In fact, Paul only used this word twice: once in Romans 1:20, and the other in Ephesians 2:10. However, this word is used several times in the Old Testament, one of which being the Creation account found in Genesis 1, where God concluded that His work was “very good” (Genesis 1:31).

I want to remind you today that you are perfect, beautiful, amazing, and a masterpiece in God’s eyes and that He loves you more than anyone else will ever love you. Go and live in that love, realizing that you are God’s masterpiece.

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God, thank you for creating us, for loving us, and for declaring that we – being your masterpieces – were “very good.” Thank you for viewing us as such. Help us to remember that even though we are your masterpieces, we are still works in progress, meaning that you continually work on us and mold us more and more into the image of your Son. Help us to be open to your continued work on and in us.

In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!