Are you wondering, who does God say I am? The answer: You are God’s masterpiece, a wonderful work of art.
Imagine you lived in Picasso’s time. There you are, walking in the streets of Barcelona in the beginning of the 1900’s and you run into Picasso’s house. In the living room, next to the window, you see him painting one of his most famous works, La Vie. You see that his current piece has forms and figures, but it’s still unfinished.
#1 Masterpieces take time. I’m not perfect but I will be when God is done with me!
To understand the unfinished painting, we have to know the thoughts of the artist. To trust that the painting will be good, we have to trust the artist. That trust and security is a knowing of our identity — who I am in christ!
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You begin paying attention to the way he uses the brush, the tones he is choosing, trying to understand his technique. You are more interested in what the artist is doing than in the painting itself, because you trust the ending will be amazing and you might want to learn during the process. The same way, picturing our lives as a finished painting would be wrong, as we are masterpieces being worked on by God continuously.
#2 I am art! God is constantly finishing and perfecting the painting of my life!
The correct way of seeing ourselves is admiring God and His gradual work on us, while understanding who we are in His eyes.
Trusting in God’s ability to create masterpieces is what makes us trust in ourselves. We tend to put the foundation of our trust in our actions, our results, our goals, our beliefs, in what we own, in what people think of us. And that is crazy. All that is unstable, like a house built on the shifting sand.
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When Jesus explains that we should build our houses on the rock, that is what He is telling us to do: Build our trust in God. He is the only one that is eternal and stable, He is the only that will never leave. “Before me no God was formed, nor will be one after me” Isaiah 43:10
#3 I was formed in the image of God. I have a renewed mind in Christ!
Setting our minds on His solid truth allows us to believe he is making us more like Christ and our mistakes don’t cancel the fact that we are His masterpieces. Philippians 1:6 reads “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.”
We are not who people say we are, we are not what we have accomplished, we are what God wants us to be because we are His work and He has made us and known us before we were formed in our mother’s womb– “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1:5) By then, He saw how we would look, our character, our story and He has chosen us to be His.
#4 I am not the opinions or the lies of others. I am fashioned for a God given purpose.
And who has God formed us to be? No one knows the value of the painting, but the artist. Only the artist knows what it is going to look like when it is finished. To understand the painting, we must understand it in the painter’s eyes.
Who are we in God’s eyes? And, what does god see when he looks at me?
#5 I am chosen by God. I was created to do great work, just like Moses!
We are God’s chosen, God’s beloved. What does the Bible say about who I am? His word says that we are “Everyone who is called by His name, whom He created for His glory, whom He formed and made” (Isaiah 43:7). Besides, in His eyes we are already the finished work. God always saw Abraham as the father of His nation, Moses as the leader of the exile, David as King of Israel. And did He choose them because they were different, strong, sufficient? No, He chose them simply because He has created them for His glory, because He has loved them. The same way, God has formed us to testify Him, as He blesses our lives with His grace, favor and love.
Today we all know and admire La vie, but, at the time, only Picasso knew what it would look like. God has designed us the same way. He has designed Abraham, Moses, David. Nowadays, as we read their stories, we see them as God’s finished masterpieces, but, back then, they did not know how their promises would come to pass.
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Abraham only walked into the promise when he was 100. Moses had to first stop trying to free the Hebrews with his own hands. David for a long time had his own family doubting him. We don’t know the end of our story, but, looking at them, we can see that we are not determined by the circumstances that surround us, we are not a product of our own work, we are not what people think we are.
#6 I will be a spotless bride when Christ returns!
Looking at them we see that we are what God has formed us to be. Our mistakes don’t define you. God defines us. We are His chosen, we are His beloved, we are masterpieces that He will finish.
What does Ephesians say about who I am? “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” Ephesians 1:4 This is who does God say I am, a woman created to beautiful and pure when he returns!