God created you in His image. You probably know that already, but do you really believe it? Knowing it with your mind and saying it with your mouth is easier than believing it with your heart. Yet God wants you to believe, by faith, that He created you in His image – in His perfect image. He did not create you randomly, erroneously, or by chance. No. You are God’s masterpiece. Therefore, no matter your background, no matter the circumstances of your birth, or even the conditions in which you were conceived, you are His perfect handiwork.
However, many Christians do not really believe that they are His masterpiece. Ignorance is a cause. Although mostly the cause is due to negative experiences they might have gone through. When you have gone through repetitive negative experiences in your childhood, during your teenage years, as an adolescent, or even during your adulthood, you feel inferior or even develop an inferiority complex. You simply believe that you are ‘good-for-nothing’.
When you always feel inferior, or have an inferiority complex, you think that you cannot achieve anything and are basically ‘good-for-nothing’. The source of this feeling could be because that is what people have told you all your life. Though it could also be that nobody has ever told you that, yet you have this strong depressing feeling of incompetency and being unable to accomplish anything. Well, that is your view and your thoughts. But your view is not God’s view, and your thoughts are not God’s thoughts. God’s view of you and His thoughts about you are higher. When He looks at you, He sees His perfect handiwork. He sees His masterpiece, and not His failure. Even if you see yourself as a failure, God does not.
You are God’s masterpiece: you are perfect. A masterpiece is a perfect work, accomplished with extraordinary and outstanding skills. Above all, you are not just a masterpiece, you are God’s masterpiece. Being a masterpiece is already great but being God’s masterpiece makes you perfect. There is none like God and there is none above God. He is The Master of the whole universe, the Creator of everything. And this Master created you as His masterpiece. Think of that! There is therefore absolutely no way that you could be inferior!
You are His masterpiece designed in accordance with His masterplan. And you are not God’s failure, nor made based on a second-class plan. God did not make you by mistake. Rather, He made you on purpose and for a purpose: to do that which God has prepared beforehand.
You can do the good things God has prepared for you
As God’s masterpiece you are the product of Jesus Christ to do good things according to His plan. In other words, God created you to do His good works:
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”Ephesians 2:10
You are not created for inferior works. No, you are created to do good works. And God already prepared these works, in Christ Jesus. And because of that, all you need to do is to walk in it. That is what Ephesians 2 verse 10 clearly says. Because these works are already prepared (ready) and good, all you need to do is walk in it and your works will be good. As it is no longer you but Christ in you. If you ever doubt your own capabilities, then think of that!
As His masterpiece, you can do all things
Therefore, since Christ lives in you, and you live through Him: you can do all things. Why? Because you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4: 13). Pay close attention to that: ALL things. Not some things, not inferior things, not things you believe you can do, not things others say you can do. No, the verse says ALL things. And that is not by your own strength, but by God’s strength. It is not by your power, but by God’s power. It is not by your capability, but by God’s capability. This means that you yourself have nothing to do with it. But by relying on Christ in you, it means that you can do all things through Him. You CAN DO IT, through Him!
At the back of your mind, you may hear a whisper “but what if it is not true?”. Well, do not mind that whisper because what God says is true, He cannot lie. God is incapable of lying. He is not a man, that He should lie. There is no shadow of doubt with God and He does not change. Consequently, this means that He will not start lying now. Certainly you can trust God on His word; and He is the one who said that you can do all things through Him. So, you can trust that it is true. Therefore you can do all things through Him who strengthens you.
You are God’s masterpiece! Don’t you think you are able to do all things? There is nothing above a masterpiece because it is already the highest form. Therefore, you, as God’s masterpiece, can do all things.
Your identity in Christ
It is crucial to know who God says you are, to know your identity in Christ, and to know that you can do all things in Him. Because that is the only way to restore your life and the only way to deal with your feeling of unworthiness and inferiority. By knowing your identity in Christ (God’s definition of you) you can face your challenges, feelings, and negative self-image. As a result, by knowing and accepting God’s definition of you, you can face your feeling of inferiority. YOU CAN!
When you know who you are in Christ, you derive your strength from God and not from yourself. By receiving strength from God, you will walk in victory, knowing that you are His perfect masterpiece, and not a failure. Consequently, with this attitude, you will succeed in life:
“but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits”.Daniel 11:32b.
Hence you must learn to define yourself based on your identity in Christ.
God’s definition of you, God’s masterpiece
What is the truth when it comes down to defining yourself? Who or what entitles to define you? You? Your parents? Your neighbor? Your boss? Your spouse? Your friends? Your enemies? Your circumstances? No! None of these truly defines you. God created you in His image; you are God’s masterpiece. As a result, no human being on planet earth can re-define you, neither can any condition or circumstance.
To summarize, the truth is: God defines you, and no-one or nothing else. His opinion about you matters and nothing else. He created you in the first place. And He knew you before you were born and His plans for you are good. As if this is not enough, He also paid the highest price for you: He bought you with the blood of Jesus, His only Son, and made you His own. You are His, you belong to Him. That defines who you are.
God’s definition of you is more important than any other definition of yourself, even if it is your own definition. You must let go of your past and your own thoughts in order to accept God’s definition of you and make it your own. God’s Word prevails over you. It prevails over your own word and any word spoken by anyone else ever, whether in the past, present, or in days to come.
And this is what God says about you, His masterpiece:
- you are blessed (Deuteronomy 28: 3-6; Galatians 3: 9; Ephesians 1: 3)
- You are favored (Psalm 5: 12)
- you are precious (Isaiah 43: 4; 1 Peter 2: 4)
- You are honored (Isaiah 43: 4)
- You are wonderfully made (Psalm 139: 14)
- You are created in God’s image (Genesis 1: 27)
- You are righteous (Romans 10: 10; II Corinthians 5: 21)
- You are a new creation (II Corinthians 5: 17)
- You are more than a conqueror (Romans 8: 37)
- You are valuable (Matthew 6: 26)
- You are treasured (Exodus 19: 5; Deuteronomy 7:6 & 14: 2)
- You are precious (Isaiah 43: 4)
- You are chosen (Deuteronomy 7:6 & 14: 2; Colossians 3: 12; Ephesians 1: 4, 11; 1 Peter 2: 4)
- You are loved (Colossians 3: 12; Galatians 2: 20)
- You are accepted (John 6: 37; Ephesians 1: 6)
- You are holy (Deuteronomy 7: 6 & 14: 2; Colossians 3: 12)
- You can do all things (Philippians 4: 13)
- You are a fruit-bearer (John 15: 5)
- You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people (1 Peter 2: 9)
- You are engrafted in the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49: 16)
- You are the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28: 13)
- You are above and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28: 13)
- You are God’s child (Romans 8: 16; Psalm 82: 6; Galatians 3: 26; Galatians 4: 7; 1 John 3: 1-2)
- You are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2: 10)
- You are the temple of God (I Corinthians 6: 19)
- You are complete (Colossians 2: 10)
- You are free (John 8: 36; Galatians 3: 13; 5: 1)
- You are justified (Romans 5: 1; 8: 1 & 30)
- You are free from sin (Romans 6: 6, 22; 8: 2; Acts 13: 39)
- You are forgiven (Ephesians 1: 7 & 4: 32a)
His marvelous workmanship
Psalms 139, verses 13 to 16, describes perfectly how a perfect God created you:
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”Psalm 139:13-16
Let us pray:
Thank You Lord for creating me perfectly. I know that I am Your child and that You love me. You created me with so much care and love. I am Yours.
Forgive me Lord that I have looked down on myself and did not accept my true beauty in You. Purify my heart and my mind Lord and let me see who I am in You. Open my eyes Lord and let me walk in my true identity: Your masterpiece. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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