Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation) “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”.
If you haven’t seen it already, I highly recommend the movie Moms Night Out for you and your family. It’s a wonderful celebration of the “mess” that sometimes comes with parenting. In the movie, when the moms go out for a much needed night out with the girls, all kinds of things go wrong. It’s hilarious, touching, memorable and most of all relatable on some level for every parent. The main character, played by Sarah Drew, calls herself a “mommy blogger”, and has less than a dozen followers who share her frustration as a wife and parent. Yet amidst all the chaos, she's convinced of one thing, “I am God’s masterpiece”.
One scene in particular captures the true heart of parenting as her young daughter draws some flowers and a picture of her family. Cute, right? Except that she was drawing on the wall of their living room, ouch! But what the mom did next (spoiler alert) was so beautiful. Instead of going ballistic and painting over the “mess” on the wall, she took empty frames and surrounded each picture as a work of art, on display for all to see.
Ya know, things don’t always go perfect, but you can always find something good in everything, if you look. Paul said in Philippians 4:8 “If there be any praise, think on things.”. The word “any” is key because so much in life is determined by our response to and attitude toward things that come our way.
In Ephesians 2:10, it says that we are God’s masterpiece. We were re-created in Christ Jesus. In Christ, in your spirit, you are a virtual Picasso! You are priceless, perfect. You are God’s masterpiece with His master-plan on the inside of you. That’s awesome. Even if it seems that your life is a bit of a “mess-terpiece”, don’t worry, don’t sweat it, God knows how to turn a mess into a message with a happy ending, because in Christ, it always ends well. Philippians 1:6 says that He Who began the good work in you is faithful to complete it.
So, what to do? Things aren’t perfect?? Rejoice in the Lord always, and again he said rejoice (Philippians 4:6). That mess in your life?...God’s putting a frame around it, He’s turning things around, He’s making all things new, He’s making beauty from ashes. No matter what you see right now in the natural, remember, you are God's masterpiece with a Masterplan.