"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for His good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10)
At Gil's Hills we offer woodworking and craft projects for our kids. We assist them in the shop and ask them to come up with an idea and then a plan to complete their project. Before the kids actually begin, we help them decide the best way to get to the finished project. In the craft room, the craft is planned ahead of time and the kids have to follow the instructions to come up with the finished craft. It's always interesting to watch as things progress. Sometimes it seems as though failure is inevitable but with the right instruction and encouragement the kids finally say, "Hey, look what I made!". Their self-esteem has just been elevated.
As we look at this verse, we can see that we were designed with a specific outcome in mind. It's not an accident that you were placed on this earth. God knew you would be here and what you would have to face. He knew there would be challenges in your life and He also knew that there would be great victories.
When God called me into the ministry, I knew that He had just made His first mistake. Why? Because I knew the life that I had lived and how I discarded anything that was positive and right, especially education.
But. . . .
As His workmanship, we are His Masterpiece. There is nothing we can't overcome as long as we follow His plan and don't give up on ourselves. Remember the kids that wanted to quit their projects? Way too many of us throw in the towel, forgetting who it was that created our plan. We have the privilege of being a product of the one and only Maker of the universe. Ford motor company has the slogan "Built To Last". Do you know that you were also built to last? God designed us to outlast the tough times and struggles in our lives. He's been preparing things specifically for you since the beginning of time. Let's stop looking at the challenges in front of us as a pain, and start focusing on the craftsman. We are His workmanship, so let us let Him finish His project with His plan.
From My Heart to Yours,