For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Written by: Larry Van Laar
I have always admired the incredible abilities God has given His children. Some individuals have such extraordinary gifts and talents. I wonder how it is even possible for them to be able to do what they do. This last summer, my family and I traveled to Europe for my son’s wedding. While there, we visited some of the oldest and most renowned museums in the world such as the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy where Michelangelo’s “David” resides. I was struck by my emotional and visceral response to a statue. It was hard to believe that with simple, crude instruments like a hammer and chisel, a human could create such flawless and intricate art. I should not have been surprised. Our God is the Creator. He has created and made everything that has been made and continues to create to this day. He also created us to be like Him. We share His ability to create and appreciate that which is created.
Our scripture for today tells us He has bestowed upon us all gifts and abilities to demonstrate His splendor and majesty—it could be sculpting, painting, speaking, teaching, parenting, caring for others or something else. These are all from our Creator. We are His “poiema,” the pinnacle and the point of His creation.
Thought of the day: Our gifts and abilities are not just there to serve us in our personal human pursuits, but to first and foremost bring glory and honor to the One who gave them to us. How has God uniquely created you? What are your passions and pursuits that are you using to glorify the creator?
Prayer: Lord, thank You for creating me just the way You did. Now, help me to not be envious of gifts You gave others. Please remind me daily Your fingerprint is on me and You created me just the way you wanted. Help me to remember I am Your poem with purpose. In Jesus’ name, amen.