God the Master Craftsman
Some things in this world are known simply by the name of their creator. Take, for example, “a Stradivarius.” Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) was an Italian craftsman who perfected the design of the viola, the cello, and the violin. While some of the changes and designs he perfected are documented, there is great debate over exactly what made his instruments, especially his violins, produce such beautiful tones. Some say it was the varnish he mixed and applied; others credit the designs. To possess a Stradivarius violin today places one in an exclusive group of several hundred musicians who own one of the surviving instruments.
When a master at any trade or art produces his or her work, it sets a standard by which all others are compared. Part of the value of a masterpiece comes from what it “does,” it’s enduring usefulness, while the rest emanates from the craftsman who produced it. A Rembrandt, a Gutenberg, a Michelangelo, a Picasso—all are objects of enduring value and worth, and all reflect upon the creative genius of the craftsman. A gifted workman creates and produces. The creativity—that which sets him or her apart from all others—is reflected in that which is produced.
Paul says that the believer in Christ Jesus is a work of enduring value, the creative workmanship of God himself. When God “creates” a new believer in and through his Son, Jesus Christ, there is a dual wonder at work. First, the creativity of the Master Craftsman. No two believers are the same! No one in the world or the Body of Christ is like you. You are even more unique than a hand-fashioned Stradivarius. But second, you were created for good works—you have an enduring purpose on this earth. Without a knowledge of your purpose, you are like a priceless violin without it’s bow.
A Stradivarius can either gather dust on a shelf or be used to thrill the hearts and souls of music lovers. The same goes for believers. If need be, dust yourself off today and begin discovering the good works that God had in mind at your creation.
God’s Promise to You: “You are my unique, purposeful, and beautiful creation—an eternal masterpiece.”
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