“For we are God's masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” - Ephesians 2:10
The word here translated “masterpiece” or “handiwork” might be better translated “poetry”. When we come to saving faith in Jesus Christ, we are reborn and recreated – we are transformed. As Scripture says, “anyone who is in Christ is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17)”. God then sets to work in us, “giving (us) the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him. (Philippians 2:13)”. He does this by His Holy Spirit through the application of His Word that we might be “transformed by the renewing of (our) minds (Romans 12:2) Thus Scripture exhorts us to, “be doers of the Word and not hearers only. (James 1:22)”. When we truly get God's Word into us and allow Him to change us by applying it to our lives, we become living poetry written by God on tablets of human hearts (2 Cor. 3:3) as we do the good deeds that God has already planned for us to do. And what are those good deeds? Encouraging and comforting others, providing for their needs (James 2:15-16), and praying for them (James 5:16). All of this flows naturally as we learn to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:34-40). As we walk in these good deeds – motivated by love - our every word and deed will write the story of God's love, grace, and faithfulness on the hearts of those around us in elegant lines of beautiful poetry, to God's glory.
The question is; what kind of work is your life writing on the hearts of others? Is it a love song? Or a tragedy? Is it written with the lyrics of God's word? Or shot through with profanity? Remember that everything you say and do is writing on the heart of someone. For we all have an influence on others (good or bad) whether we can see it or not.
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