EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭‬‬

“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 ‭NLT‬‬

In this one statement, Paul uncovers a long forgotten fact and establishes a long desired truth. Since the fall of mankind, humans have been operating outside their intended purpose. And yet, because as creatures we have sentience, we are also aware of it. We have had to wrestle with the idea that we both make sense in creation, and don’t make sense in it. And so we craft ideas to give life meaning, or we use our agency to create our own. But these efforts only serve to deepen the cognitive dissonance of our absolute value and absolute failure to be valuable. Paul returns a helpful key to the lock of mankind’s philosophical prison. We are absolutely valuable, because the artist is a master artist. And yet we are unfinished without Christ. We learn through Paul, that all of our negative history, is part of the scoring of God’s intended plan for us as a piece. If we can submit to this revelation, he will finish his masterwork in us. We are his masterwork, but not complete until Jesus enters our lives, and finishes sanctifying it. In this, and after this, we can begin to partner in disciplining our lives around the truth that God has a master plan for our success and value. Then we can live boldly as beautiful pieces in his gallery. Then we can find value, even in our weaknesses.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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