You Are God's Workmanship

Here is a text I hope will fuel your faith and hope in whatever God gives you to do today:

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

The Epic Poem of Creation

You are a piece of work — God's work. When Paul says that you are God's "workmanship," don't think of your clunky seventh grade shop class project. Think of The Odyssey, Beowulf, The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, or The Faerie Queen — great works of epic poetry.

The Greek word Paul chose for this sentence is "poiema," and what he had in mind is a work of masterful creativity. You can already tell that this is where we get our English word "poem." Paul selected this word carefully. The only other time in Scripture he used it was in Romans 1:20:

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Here it takes five English words to unpack poiema. All that we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell in the universe is reading God's creative masterpiece, his epic poem. Homer, Dante, Milton, and Spenser were masterful poets, as far as humans go. But at their best, their poems are merely human imaginations. But when God imagines, his images come into real existence. His poems are living and active and multi-dimensional.

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