You are God’s masterpiece. After all, You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. Psalm 139:13-14.
I know. You don’t feel like this at all. You know your flaws, your brokenness, your mess. This is what you really think of yourself.
Except this is a masterpiece. This is a Picasso masterpiece. Could this messy, broken, flawed you still be God’s masterpiece?
I don’t know what makes this Picasso work a masterpiece. It looks like a mess to me. I wouldn’t want this in my home. Yet it is highly regarded and very very expensive. This is because the value of this piece of art is not based on me. It is based on the collective others.
The value of you is not based on you. It is based on the collective others. Many of those others know of the truth of Jesus to base this value on. Many of those others do know your value. And do see your beauty. Your value is real. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11.
Today as I write this, I saw this in my Facebook feed posted by a beautiful and vibrant young lady I know. Vibrant is a good descriptor of her. Yet she posts this.
This message is for you. And for the many others. It is possible that you are God’s masterpiece because you don’t decide the value of you. God already has. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:4-5.
You are God’s masterpiece.