I recently attended a women’s conference where they had an artist up on stage and she began to paint. At first the brush strokes seemed so random. To the natural untrained eye, it just seemed at there were lines and strokes going every which way. But as the picture began to take shape, it was really quite spectacular. It was so amazing that such seemingly random strokes could eventually produce something so beautiful and exquisite. In the end the painting was a portrait of our Savior hanging on the cross. It was magnificent. A beautiful masterpiece, a one of a kind work of art.
In the same way God is painting the picture of our lives. We are his canvas and every brush stoke has it’s purpose. Our canvas may have had many dings and scratches, it may have been a bit torn up, but when we become God’s children, we are given a fresh new start. When we yield ourselves to God, he can take a plain white canvas and turn it into something extraordinary and beautiful, something usable for him, showing his glory.
Old things have passed away, all things become new (2 Cor. 5:20). It doesn’t mean those things from the past will magically disappear. But it does mean that God can take what is there, the good, the bad and the ugly and use it for his purposes. God doesn’t make mistakes. Bad things happen because of sin in the world, and God allows and uses those things for his purposes (Romans 8:28). We only see what is right in front of us right now, but God sees the whole picture, complete in it’s entirety and he declares it his masterpiece.
Yes, we are his Masterpiece. We are created in his image (Genesis 1:27) with a divine purpose in mind. The word says he created my inmost being, and that he knit me together in my mother’s womb. . . and that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14). We were not an afterthought. He loves us and He chose us before the beginning of time to be conformed to the image of his son. We have value in his sight. We are called and he gives us right standing with himself through the death of his son (Romans 8:29-30).
He has a purpose and a plan for each of us. He made you, uniquely you. And there is no single other person just like you. Every single facet of our complex makeup is just the way the way our creator designed it. He knows us so completely and can use our distinct personality and character traits for the purpose he has planned for us. Our part is to yield to him so that we can be all he created us to be. He loves you and you are a masterpiece in the making. A beautiful creation being painted by the most famous artist ever, the original.