“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
The Greek word for handiwork is poema. It literally means that we are God’s poetry, we are God’s masterpiece.
We are God’s masterpiece, not like artwork put in museums for people to marvel at. We are God’s masterpiece so that when people see the work that God is doing in us, they cannot help but see and appreciate the Master artist. That’s how people come to know God.
How is God’s handiwork demonstrated?
Good works. Good deeds.
The lives, actions, and choices of God’s children resembling God.
For this is what we were created for in Christ Jesus. This is what God prepared in advance for us to do.
So how’s that coming?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “Your life as a Christian should make non-believers question their unbelief in God.”
If you’re like me, this is an aspiration but not yet a reality. But I do pray and hope that I am getting better at it as time goes by, and I pray and hope that this is true of you.
Because we are sinners we will fail. But failure is not failing unless we quit.
So, keep at it. Keep going. God’s with you.