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by Phil Ware
The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such cant see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. (Romans 1:20 The Message)
God placed great power in the beauty of our world! He chose to give us this beauty as a blessing and as a reminder. We ignore this beauty to our own loss.
Thanks, Nancy, what a sweet affirmation. We do spend a great deal of time concentrating on bringing Gods truths to life with images, computer wallpaper, and PowerPoint backgrounds. But my concern is for the work of art you most often miss yourself!
While most folks are familiar with the great passage on grace in Ephesians 2:1-9, invariably they end up short of Pauls concluding thought in verse 10:
For we are Gods masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (NLT)
God didnt just save us FROM sin and death, but he saved us FOR an eternal life of beauty and purpose.
In our worst moments, we wonder about our purpose, our value, and our significance. In those moments, lets look at the beautiful universe God has created and then push back the voice of Satan who is trying to make us feel valueless and hear the voice of God, You are my masterpiece, created to bring a blessing.
Dont ever let go of that promise. You may not ever know exactly how this promise is true until you sit in glory with him and meet others who were touched by the beauty God revealed in you people you never knew were touched by you. Remember, many of the great works of art were not appreciated in the day they were crafted, but over time, their significance, beauty, and power have blessed thousands.
You are Gods masterpiece. Dont believe anything less about yourself. Your value is set by your Creator! The heavens declare the glory of God simply by their very existence, doing what he made them to do. So do you!
Author: Phil Ware
Publication Date: June 23, 2003
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