We All Are His Workmanship

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

In the last blog, we saw how each and every one of us should see ourselves as His workmanship (or masterpiece). When I read the Bible I usually apply it to my personal life and so I see this verse as saying “I am His workmanship”. However, Ephesians 2.10 clearly says “We are” and not “I am”. Besides applying this to my personal life, how should I look at it?

I see the need to look upon others differently. Since it says “we are” that means both “I am” and “they are” His workmanship. Do I see others as God’s masterpiece? I can honestly say “no, not normally” to that question. Although I see some good points in others, more often I see the differences in a negative way or I see problem areas. Perhaps it would be better to start by asking the question “Do I want to, or am I willing to see others as God’s masterpiece?”. Paul spoke of this way of thinking in 1 Corinthians 5:16-17 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

So, I am called to look on other believers as God has made them (or is in the process of making them). For that, I need to ask God for grace to see them as He sees them. I need to focus on the great things God has done and is doing in their lives. I need to see the differences as the glorious diversity of God’s creation.

I had a revelation once of how God sees us (and others) through a conversation with a coworker. One day I was talking with one of my work colleagues and I was telling him about an old rusty wreck of a car (a 1956 Buick Special) that was sitting in my in-laws’ yard. The car was so rusty and falling apart that weeds had grown through the floor and were filling the interior. He surprised me by asking if my in-laws were willing to sell it. He would then pay to have it shipped from the US to Switzerland. I explained again how broken down and worthless it was and yet he persisted in wanting to buy it. In the days that followed, I realized that this is the way our Father looks upon each of us. Psalm 23:3a says, “He restores my soul”. Through the words of my coworker, I could better understand the heart of a restorer – someone that looks at a destroyed, broken down or damaged object that has no value to others and sees what it should be like – someone that purchases that object, often at a great cost, and begins a labor of love to restore it according to the original plan. This is what our Father has done for me, for you, for all of our brothers and sisters and what He is doing for those that He is even now redeeming from ruin and bringing to glory. Whatever state I or they are in now, He sees great value in us, He has paid the price and He is working to restore us to the masterpiece that we are meant to be.

So, how should we look upon each other? I know that I need a lot of help in this area, but I want to look at others and see them as He sees them. How about you?

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

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