WORK OF ART
Blake Allen, Student and Outreach Minister, LHBC
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
There’s a story a fellow pastor told of a man who took his son to a museum in Florence where some works of Michelangelo were displayed. As the man and his son toured the museum, they discovered half-finished sculptures. The tour guide went on to explain that Michelangelo had numerous works he never finished.
When the pastor reflected on this story, he thought about God’s work in us. He said, “I realized that God has begun a work in us to conform us to the image of Christ. However, unlike Michelangelo, God does not stop working in our lives until he finishes what he intends to accomplish. According to Philippians 1:6, God will finish what He has started; ultimately, God has no unfinished works of grace.”
When we reflect upon this truth, I am reminded of God’s work in our life. Think about this for a second… We are told we are God’s workmanship in Ephesians 2:10. The idea is of a finished product, especially of a work of art. When God created us. He made us in His image. We are His work of art. When He looked upon His created work of art in Genesis 1, He called it good. Because of sin, the image we have been created in was tainted. But God sent He son, Jesus, to come and redeem us. And when we put our faith and trust in Jesus, we are made “new.” God has not only done a work of salvation in our life through Christ, but He continues to work in us. He sent the Holy Spirit to purify us continually and guide us through this life.
Why? Because God will not begin a work in us that He will not finish.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Father, we thank you for your love for us. Sanctify us in your truth, and help us to realize our purpose in you. In Jesus name, Amen.
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK
1 Samuel 12:24
Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.