Broken Masterpiece

Getting in Shape

Ephesians 2:10 (CSB) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

You are a masterpiece. Though you may feel like a hot mess, there is a message inside of you that God will use for His Glory. The fiery trials and fierce testing of our life indicate that there is something beneath the surface of self that is worthwhile. A testimony to go with the Blood of the Lamb which will make you an overcomer. Every great masterpiece has a story to tell. Behind its composition is an artist with a vision. The one who carefully choose each element to construct the beautiful art that it becomes. I am no artist. I am not even a writer but a transcriptionist of the Holy Spirit who takes God’s Word and simply dictates what He says. Yet I am a masterpiece nevertheless created by God with a purpose and plan far beyond my comprehension. You are, too. Though Jesus who is my Champion has given me every victory, I am daily challenged to live like more than a conqueror. How about you?

To gather the pieces of our broken heart, mind and life and see the beauty of God’s Work is tough. The more life falls apart the more of my sin, weakness, insufficiency and frailty is revealed, but God. I love that statement. But God… It’s funny that every time I reach the end of self – I find Him there. As if He already knows what I am going to do right or wrong, yet still desires to see His Design for me fulfilled. I tend to hoard certain parts of my life too painful to surrender. It is at that place that I am finally willing to let it go.

Jeremiah 18:1-4 (CSB) This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down at once to the potter’s house; there I will reveal my words to you.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, working away at the wheel. But the jar that he was making from the clay became flawed in the potter’s hand, so he made it into another jar, as it seemed right for him to do.

When my children were younger, I would take the girls to pottery shops. Shelves lined with pristine white pottery pieces for them to choose from, each one would pick one and proceed to create their vision. You would think they were great painters of the past working on the Mona Lisa or Sistine Chapel. Once completed to their satisfaction, the shop would fire them in the kiln and what seemed like a matted mess of color would become a shiny work of art. Imagine the Father’s careful attention to our creation. Then think of Jesus and how much He desires our recreation. That’s right – we are new creations in Jesus Christ. Sometimes we forget…

God is the potter in the illustration. What sin has flawed and deemed of not good use, He decided differently. He takes the broken and flawed to make them new again. It seems like your world is falling apart, but oh friend, it is all falling into place. God can do nothing with a hard heart and made up mind. But those who are broken, bruised and battered to the point of complete surrender are about to undergo a remarkable renovation.

Romans 9:20-21 (CSB) But who are you, a mere man, to talk back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” Or has the potter no right over the clay, to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor?

Hello, Holy Spirit! “Why did you make me like this?” Everyone poses the question at some point in their life. It could be based on appearance. Lack of purpose. Rejection. The list of lies go on and on because the enemy has been at this a very long time. I hate when people say, “Well, its just who I am!” No friend, it is in discovering whose we are and that He is working us into a masterpiece that every bit of brokenness makes complete sense by faith. Faith that builds confident hope that He who began this good work in you is faithful to complete it. (Philippians 1:6) Just as going on a diet and working out changes our appearance to our liking, God was to renew and restore our soul to the original design. A diet causes an uproar in our flesh. Exercise breaks down old muscle memory to create new muscles. Each drop of sweat a cry of flesh slowly dying. Yet, how many people attempt new diet and exercise programs to enhance their health. Yet our soul is dying on the inside.

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (CSB) From now on, then, we do not know anyone from a worldly perspective. Even if we have known Christ from a worldly perspective, yet now we no longer know him in this way. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!

If your life motto is “He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30), be ready to be broken. Brokenness increases our capacity for God and His Glory. It is hardness of heart that stifles the recreation process. Success from a worldly perspective is to appear as though we have it all together. But in terms of one’s salvation and sanctification, it is when nothing makes sense, everything is falling apart and all hell is breaking loose in our life because that is when our dependency is set on the Lord. God is more interested in developing our character than establishing our comfort. Why?

The Lord knows the outcome. He sees the masterpiece among all the pieces. He is patient, loving and kind. He knows it hurts and that is why He remains close to the brokenhearted ready to take it all and use it for His Glory. (Romans 8:28) You are a masterpiece. The workmanship of God. Invite the Lord to get your life in shape today. Give Him all the broken pieces… every single one. He can be trusted. Head to the potter’s house through praise, prayer and worship in the Presence of God. He is so loving and kind. But most of all – God is faithful, a Good Father who can be trusted!

Philippians 1:6 (CSB) I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:28 (CSB) We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (CSB)  For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.

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