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
After almost three years of pandemic some believers must feel that God created them and put them in a rubber dingy and threw them into the ocean of life to be tossed around without any land in sight – no plan, no purpose. Just be a good person and try to survive.
If we aren’t constantly renewing our minds in God’s truth we can easily drift into that same hopelessness. “Why bother?” we tell ourselves.
So, let’s stop daily and remind ourselves what God tells us in his Word. As believers and followers of Jesus, though we may not see it now, we can be assured that God has a specific plan for each of us and his Holy Spirit will guide us there if we listen, trust and follow Jesus.
How can we be sure? In Hebrews 6:18 it says that God never lies. In fact, it is impossible for God to lie. Then, ponder Ephesians 2:10 above. We each were created uniquely, purposefully and beautifully. We were placed on earth at exactly the right time to do good works that only we can do. Ephesians 1:3 tells us that, even before the world was formed, God loved us and chose us to be his adopted children – co-heirs with Christ with whom we one day will rule. God told Jeremiah (1:5), “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
So, God didn’t just cast you randomly into life. He loved you, created you as his precious masterpiece, then he formed the world to place you into for a specific purpose. You are valuable and who you are, and who you are becoming, matters to the Lord. In Matthew 10:30 Jesus says the Father has even numbered the very hairs on your head. He knows and cares how you feel. Every tear you shed is gathered in a bottle. If he has a refrigerator, photos of all the important moments of your life are hung there for him to see, as your proud Father!
You were created, most importantly, to know and experience God, and know that he is the only true living God and that he loves you. You are chosen, cherished and called to live for eternity in his glorious presence. That is the “promised land” ahead and your destination.
Dear friends, be blessed as you choose to believe that God has a plan for you today and every day. Following that plan may not be easy. Some days it may even be painful, but through the pain, God is refining you and making you even more eternally beautiful and mature. Be blessed with joy and comfort as you trust the Holy Spirit to guide you one day at a time. Smile! Your destiny is in God’s gracious hands. Amen.
Mary Sumner ~ March 3, 2022