Who Are You, Whose Are You, Why Are You Here?
Finding meaning in being His workmanship
“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 (NASB)
We: Who we are
Are His: Whose we are
Workmanship: Why we are here
Who are you?
“Who are you—who, who—who, who?” So goes a classic rock song that introduces a popular TV show involving forensic investigations of people’s lives and deaths.
If your life were investigated, what would the report reveal about who you really are, beyond just what you do?
Whose are you?
As you seek to discover who you are, you must first understand whose you are. You are God’s, but Who Is He? Let’s start by looking at who God is according to two respected authorities.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary online says:
God is “the supreme or ultimate reality: as the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe.”
The all-time, top-selling book ever is The Bible, which describes the who and what of God in both Old and New Testaments:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them.” —Genesis 1: 1; 27-28 (NASB)
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” —Colossians 1:15-17 (NIV)
So, whose are you? You are much more than the offspring of your parents; You are God’s own creation and possession! Read through this wonderful praise to God from one of writers of the Psalms.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book. —Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
Why must you know whose you are before you can really know who you are?
Why are you here?
Now, let’s look at our key verse again, using a different translation.
“We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” —Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
A masterpiece is “a work done with extraordinary skill,” as defined by Webster. I don’t believe you get a masterpiece by accident. A masterpiece is intentional, carefully considered and planned—created on purpose by the Master!
God Made You On Purpose.
God Made You For a Purpose.
Therefore, What You Do—YOUR WORK—DOES Matter to Him.