It’s one of my favorite verses in all of Scripture—a driving verse in all I do in this ministry known as AMOKArts. And while it’s because about using our gifts and talents, it is also about so much more.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

It’s an amazing call to action, but I don’t think it is any accident that it comes right after this verse. “8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” Right before it talks about these works God has for us to do is a reminder that our salvation is not based on works but is rather a gift received through faith. Works are an act of gratitude based on a magnificent gift. To let them become anything else is to distort our faith.

In fact, there have been many times in my life, and I am guessing yours too where this has gone to imbalance. Where we start to believe that our works are a little too important and that if we mess up, we somehow mess up our relationship with God. This is baggage we place on God because many human relationships work this way and human relationships work this way because we don’t know who we are to God.

Strangely, who we are to God is also found in this verse that talks about the works God prepared in advance for us to do. It says we are God’s workmanship. The word we translate to workmanship from the Greek is POIEMA. It’s the word we derive the English word poem from. In it’s most literal form, it means we are God’s “work of art.” That’s what you are—God’s work of art. He lovingly made you as an object of His affection. Yes He has great things for you to do, because God lovingly gave us purpose so we don’t live purposeless lives. His love, and our salvation is not dependent on some divine check list. Love and salvation are His gift to us, to all who believe.

So do what you do and do it well, but no more getting down on yourself and no more worrying about how your works affect your salvation. Instead live faithfully, appreciate the ultimate gift, and let what you do flow out of that.

You’re already a work of art and the Artist who made you is amazing.

You are POEIMA!

  1. Wendi says:

    Reblogged this on Art of Wendi C and commented:
    🎨 More encouragement…

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