Why God has created us as His work of art
By: Woody Godbey
Why God has created us as His work of art?
Someone asked Michelangelo what he was trying to create as he worked chiseling a shapeless rock. He said, "I am liberating an angel from this stone." That is exactly what God is doing with you and I, making us into what we can be.
I’ve said many times, “I know I’m not what I should be but thank God I’m not what I use to be.” God is still working on me, I’m a work under construction. God has a purpose for us to fulfill. He has a task for each of us to accomplish.
If a person truly gets saved, there should be visible results of that fact. There are a lot of people today who claim to be Christians, but there is absolutely no evidence in their lives to confirm it. Works don't save a person, but they are a good sign or evidence that he or she is saved.
Paul is telling us in our text that God has created us as His work of art for good works. Let that sink in, we are created for good works. The Lord has a work for each of us to do. He has a plan for our life. The question is, are you finding it? Are you moving in that direction? Or, are you wandering through life saying, “I’m saved so that takes care of that. Now, back to doing what I want to do"?
The wording of Philippians 2:10 is very important. We were "created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." God is going ahead of us, preparing the way by which we will come, so that the work we do may fulfill His plan for us. Even when there are setbacks or crises in life, we should always remember that God is working through, in, and around us.
I love the story of Joseph. Years after his brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt, he came face-to-face with them once again. By then, he was second-in-command in the nation. But instead of using his power and position to get revenge, Joseph told them, "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive" (Genesis 50:20).
I wonder if this thought first came to Joseph when his brothers arrived, looking for food. Did it just dawn on him at that very moment? "Now I get it. Now I know why God let me go through this." Or maybe he saw it earlier.
Whatever the case, it was an amazing statement. Think of his exile, his betrayal, the false accusations, and problem after problem that he faced. Despite all the adversity, he said to them, "I know that your motives weren't pure in this, but God sent me here. God was in this."
There is no doubt in my mind that God has prepared the way for you and me too. Maybe you are facing a setback right now. Maybe there is a crisis in your life. Maybe it appears nothing is ever going to change. Stay focused on the Lord.
Remember, you are a work in progress. You are under construction. We have a big part in this construction and that is to yield to the plan and purpose God has for us. And you do not have to fear because God loves us and does everything for our best interest whether we see it or not.
We can’t see into the future, but God does see into the future. God sees what you can become. You may look in life’s mirror and say, "I don't get it, I don’t understand. I don't look like a perfect person. My life doesn't look like a work of beauty."
But God would say, "Just hang on. I can see what I can make you. You need to be patient, because you are a work in progress, you’re under construction. Remember, it doesn't happen overnight. In fact, it will take all of your life on this earth and won't be finished until you get to heaven." Then you will see that you indeed are a perfect work, God's masterpiece.
The Bible teaches that salvation is in 3 tenses. Past, Present and Future. We have been saved (justified), we are being saved (sanctified), we shall be saved (glorified). We have been JUSTIFIED (all sin’s, past, present and future forgiven) through the work of Jesus on the cross. We are being SANCTIFIED (The Holy Spirit working in us to make us Christ-like). We shall be GLORIFIED (In heaven when we receive our glorified bodies) So Sanctification is us under construction! You are a perfect building under construction that will be finished in heaven. God Bless!