Ephesians 2:10 is one of those Vacation Bible School and Sunday School verses from way back. If you grew up in the church you likely memorized it in the King James Version: "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." I have to confess, the word "workmanship" never excited me very much. It made me think of construction and carpentry. And, while I certainly respect those skills I don't admire or appreciate them like I do architecture, for example, where someone creates something new and unique from nothing more than an idea or inspiration.
Earlier this year, I heard a sermon from a visiting pastor whose key verse was Ephesians 2:10. He spent some time talking about the literal translation of the word used for workmanship. As it turns out, the English word that most closely captures the meaning of the original Greek is "poem." Now, that got my attention. God is writing a poem of my life. Interesting. Other words used in other translations that also more fully represent the original meaning are composition, song, and masterpiece. As a musician and art lover, these are words that completely change the context for me. These are words that help me better understand how very much God loves me.
Artists, composers, songwriters, authors. They create many pieces over a lifetime, maybe even hundreds. But their life's work, their reputation and their place in history is most often defined by a single piece -- their masterpiece. Every other creation is measured by that one that's widely acknowledged as their best. Most of us could name one work by Michelangelo or Beethoven or Tolstoy, but unless we were a student of their work we might be hard pressed to name more.
God created the world and everything in it. The first two chapters of Genesis record that for us. He created the heavens and the earth and said it was good. He created plants and said it was good. He created light and the galaxies and said it was good. He created animals and said it was good. Only after he created mankind did he say that everything he made was "very good." (Genesis 1:31) We are God's masterpiece. We are what he continues to create and shape and form into his likeness. No matter how long we live or how many years we walk in relationship with him, he's still creating us. He will still be creating us until our dying breath.
Find hope in the truth that he's not finished with your story. Remember, there's only one Sistine Chapel, one Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, one War and Peace. There's also only one you. And you, you are the masterpiece from the Creator of the Universe.