C.C. a work in progress #175

I have a lot of those laying around my house, “works in progress”. They clutter up my basement, my garage, my closets. They litter my life with their unfinished, unrealized potential, leaving me feeling vaguely restless and incomplete myself. No wonder that today I am still thinking on those words from Ephesians 2:10 – after yesterday’s post, “a work of art.,” I can’t get them out of my mind.

“For we are (you are, I am) God’s workmanship, (handiwork, creation, masterpiece) created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

But I have to confess to you, dear readers – today I don’t feel much like, actually anything like a masterpiece. Today I don’t feel like “a work of art” at all. I feel more like a work in progress. And very slow progress at that. I feel as though I have been “under construction” for a very long time. There’s a very good reason I should feel this way. It’s true! I am a work in progress. And God isn’t done with me yet. I don’t need to be discouraged, even though the progress does seem oh so slow to me. I have this promise from God’s word in Philippians 1:6 –

“being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

These words are reassuring to me for a couple of reasons. One is, it is God doing the work in me, not me. It is His power, His creativity, His Master Artist’s eye and His Master Artist’s plan that He is creating in me and bringing forth in His timing, according to His perfect design. My part is simply to submit to Him as the Master Artist. The second reassurance is this – God is not going to give up on me. (like I have done with projects or works in the past) He is going to carry His work in me forward until it is complete. Completion is up to the artist. An artist knows when His creation is complete. My Heavenly Father will not abandon me, nor will He leave me unfinished. I can rest secure in His promise that He will complete His work in me.

After all, God was the One, the Artist, who began His creation of me as His personal masterpiece. He was there from the beginning. I was His idea!

“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13-16)

These words remind me that all God’s works of creation are wonderful. And I am one of them! Each one of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation because everything that God does is good and perfect. Philippians 2:13 tells me,

“for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”

His good purpose, that’s something I can count on. He is getting me ready for that day when He will complete His work in me.

“But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.” (Colossians 1:22-23)

My Heavenly Father truly is the Master Artist, if when He finishes His work in me, I have become holy and without blemish and free from sin’s accusations and free from the stains sin leaves behind, marring my appearance. But God will bring me forth as gold, as His masterpiece, when He has finished His work in me.

“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)

Yes, I am God’s workmanship and God is still working on me and in me to conform me to the image of His Son, Jesus, and to complete the masterpiece that He began when He created me. He began a masterpiece, a work of art, when He created you, too, dear reader. And our Heavenly Father is still holding the brush, adding color and texture and richness to our life’s canvas, smoothing away the rough edges, correcting our mistakes, filling in the empty spaces – with the outcome of a beautiful work of art, His vision for my life and for your life, too.

You and I can’t see what God sees in us. We can’t know the vision that guides God’s hand as He faithfully completes our canvases. We just have to trust His work in our lives to bring forth His masterpiece in each one of us, because His word says we are all God’s workmanship or handiwork. And even though we are all, works in progress now, we certainly would do well to start treating each other like the future masterpieces we are all on our way to becoming under God’s guiding, creating almighty hand.

Might as well get a head start, right? So today, even though I am not feeling like one of God’s “works of art”, I can know that this “a work in progress” phase will eventually come to an end and He will complete His work in me.

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.” (Philippians 3:20-21)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

God, as the Master Artist, is making us new through His creative, transformative power, each and every day, making me and you into the masterpieces we already are and will one day be. Let us not give up on God (He doesn’t give up on us) and let us not give up on ourselves or on each other – we are all works in progress under God’s perfecting touch – masterpieces in the making –

sincerely, Grace Day

3 thoughts on “C.C. a work in progress #175

  1. Thanks for confirming what I have been doubting. I look at myself and I don’t see anything close to a masterpiece but you confirmed I am only I am still in the shaqping phase! That gives me hope and courage to go on and expect to be perfect in God’s eyes.. Thank you!

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  2. Thank you for this encouraging truth! I sure do need it as I sit on the potter’s wheel eagerly awaiting His finishing touch. 🙇‍♀️

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