I went to the Yale museum with colleagues a few weeks ago. I loved some of the paintings. I am always impressed by how artists can paint. They have a gift that I certainly don’t have. I love how they blend colors together and how they create masterpieces that are pleasant to the eyes. It makes me think about how God sees us as His masterpieces. He took His time when He created us. He painted beautifully and blended amazing colors together. His brush was perfect. His color scheme was perfect. His vision of us was perfect and according to Him, the result is perfect. I understand that it is not easy for us to see ourselves as masterpieces. Some would argue that it is arrogant of us to think we are God’s masterpieces. However, that is what He calls us and how He sees us.
God is the painter, His love is the muse and we are the perfect creation. God painted you and me and He didn’t make mistakes. He didn’t make a single mistake. He didn’t look at us and said He needed to redo His work. He didn’t throw us away and started over. We are not drafts. We are the final product and we need to embrace the work of the Master. God says you are fearfully and wonderfully made. His talent made you beautiful. Do not let anyone convince you that you are a rough draft or that you are not good enough. Do not let the world’s standards of beauty define you. You are the way the Lord made you and that is beautiful. His standards are the best standards. His standards are the truth. You are an amazing creation. Enjoy how the Lord made you. Discover how the Lord made you.
We try to change our appearance so we can be “more attractive.” What we need to do is explore how God created us. We need to ask Him to show us the beauty within and the beauty that is all over us. We need to ask Him to open our eyes to the colors of love that were used to create us. There are blends of unique tones and unique shades that make us who we are. We are blessed. We are favored and we are highly loved. Love was the main color that made us. Love was in every stroke of the brush of life that God used. Love is the essence of our creation. God loved you before you were born.
God created you before you came into this world. He knew who you would be and what you would be like. God was intentional when He made you and His intentions were pure, holy and good. You are not a mistake. You were planned and designed to be the way you are. You are a child of God. Tap into that truth. Look at the portrait and stare at the love that is present in every corner of the frame of your life. You are a masterpiece of God. Thank Him for creating you. Thank Him for not making a mistake. Thank Him for loving you!
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”* As masterpieces of God, we were created to do good. We were created to do the work of the Lord. We were created to walk in love and to carry our cross. We were created to be blessings. We are blessed so we can bless others. We are loved so we can love others. We are made in the image of Christ so we can shine His light into the world. We are not masterpieces meant to stay on a shelf and gather dust. We are masterpieces that need to go places. We ought to show our true colors to the world so the world can learn about love and be blessed by the colors of hope that are in us.
We have the colors that can paint the world around us and make it a better place. We have the colors that can turn a gray and gloomy day into a day of bliss and joy. We were painted so that the world would be a better place each time our colors are displayed for all to see. Friend, display the beautiful colors of love and hope that God used to make you. You are a masterpiece that brings joy and that brings peace. Keep coloring your world with the love of Christ. Enjoy the way the Lord made you and show Him off to the world. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you.
Suggested reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5; Psalm 119: 73-74; Ephesians 2:10*