Ephesians 2:10 says:
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
The idea here is one of pride in something you have made. Creating something, doing it well, and stepping back to admire the beauty in what you have created. It is the idea of “craftsmanship.” This word can also mean “masterpiece.” And that is what you and I are – the craftsmanship of God; the masterpiece of God.
In Christ we are God’s workmanship
I have to be honest. When I read this verse and truly understand what it means it makes me feel uneasy because I have hard a time thinking of myself in this way. Sometimes it is hard for me to accept that I am a special creation of God, that I am His masterpiece.
It is easier for me to accept that I am a sinner saved by grace or that I am a fallen creature in need of a Saviour. These two statements are true but they are not the full picture.
We need to be reminded daily of our significance, our security and our acceptance in Christ because it is too easy for us to forget these important truths.
Good works should naturally flow out of us
Of course, knowing these things about our identity in Christ is one thing but living them out is another. Ephesians 2:10 goes on to say that because we are God’s workmanship/masterpiece we are to be doing good works because that is what He created us to do. Because we are the craftsmanship of God, good works should naturally flow out of us. Our good works flow out of who we were created to be. They are the result of salvation, not the cause of salvation.
Open your eyes daily for opportunities to do good works (i.e. serve someone in love). This is a daily struggle for me as the old self, the selfish self battles within me to put my needs first and not look out for the needs of others. But as I remember and reflect on who I am in Christ (a masterpiece of God created to do good works) my eyes are slowly being opened to these opportunities.
Be encouraged today that you are God’s workmanship!
Do you have a hard time accepting that you are God’s workmanship?