Our Bible verse for today: “For we are His workmanship (His own master work, a work of art), created in Christ Jesus (reborn from above – spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used) for good works, which God prepared (for us) beforehand (taking paths which He set), so that we would walk in them (living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us).” Ephesians 2:10 (Amplified Bible)
Our thought for today: “Your life is a work of art.”
The Amplified Bible is a special translation of the Bible which uses all the English words necessary to capture the full meaning of the Hebrew or Greek words used in the Bible. Hebrew and Greek are rich languages and the words often have many layers of meaning. Therefore it sometimes takes multiple English words to capture the full meaning of a single Hebrew or Greek word. The Amplified Bible uses as many English words as necessary in order to do that. It makes for awkward reading, but it does help us to gain a fuller understanding of what’s being taught in the verse.
Paul’s intent in Ephesians 2:10, was to help us understand that God is at work in our lives creating a masterpiece, a work of art. God is in the process of molding and shaping us into the men and women He wants us to be. You have been reborn in Christ Jesus, renewed in the Spirit, transformed from who you used to be, and prepared by God to accomplish His good works in this world. In His eyes you are becoming progressively more and more beautiful, and you are slowly becoming the person He wants you to be.
Some of the most beautiful people I have ever known were old and wrinkled, sometimes in poor health and with few worldly possessions. They might not have been “beautiful” in terms of physical attractiveness, fashionable clothes, expensive jewelry, but they were beautiful in spirit. They were beautiful in their expression of the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
As you’re seeking God’s guidance for the various decisions you have to make in life, remember that He is in the process of transforming you into a spiritual masterpiece, and any guidance He gives you will be intended to move you along in that process of transformation. So ask yourself, “Which of the choices before me would produce the most positive change in me, or would be most likely to bring out the Fruit of the Spirit in me?” Since your transformation is God’s ultimate objective, answering such a question could be very helpful in discerning His guidance for you in this moment.
Your life is a work of God’s art. You are His masterpiece in development and God is guiding you in that direction.