What do you look forward to the most about summer?
Lord, let me see my life the way You do!
Ephesians 2:10 NLT, emphasis added: “For 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.”
What is your perception of yourself? What characteristics do you think define you? Some of us see ourselves through an incorrect filter; we think of ourselves as a “master disaster”! When we see ourselves through the Lord’s eyes, however, we will understand that we have a much different identity. He doesn’t just see our past, but He sees it through the lens of Calvary, changing it completely. Believers don’t let their past define their future, because they know they are His masterpiece, an example of the incredible wealth of His grace.
Have you ever run into a childhood friend who recounted your wilder days? How did that make you feel?
Before you knew Christ, you were dead, disobedient, and doomed. You were dead because of your many sins. You lived in disobedience to God, obeying the devil, following the passionate desires and inclinations of your sinful nature. You were doomed, with fearful expectation of judgment.
We all come from a life steeped in sin. When did your new life in Christ begin to replace your old concept of yourself? How did that change you and your relationships with others?
You are alive with Christ. As Ephesians 2:4-6 (NLT, emphasis added) says, “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.”
Have you ever been so hard on yourself that you began to have a misguided view of yourself? When did you start to see yourself in the way God sees you? How did that make you feel, and how did it change your behavior?
God is working in you, and God is working through you. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT, emphasis added) tells us, “For 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.”
Just as we resemble our natural parents, we also resemble our heavenly Father. What aspect of your new life do you see as being totally God? Does it even surprise yourself?
As heirs, we inherit our DNA from our parents, but it took many years for us to reach adulthood. Similarly, we are God’s heirs, no longer doomed to a life in hell. As His heirs, we are becoming like Christ. We are not there yet, but we are becoming.
God thinks of you as His masterpiece. See yourself as He sees you, remembering that the cross defines you.
Take all thoughts captive this week that disagree with God’s Word. See yourself through the cross. Say out loud this week, “I am a masterpiece,” knowing that you are becoming like Christ.
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