God's Poetry

When I'm feeling sad and lowly, I need to be reminded that I'm special in God's eyes. When I'm playing the "What if I" game, wishing that things were different, I need to be reminded that I am a poem created to work perfectly in God’s plan and there is no other poem like me.

The Bible says in, Ephesians 2:10; “We are God's masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” The Greek word translated for "workmanship" or "masterpiece" (depending on your translation) is poiema, from which we get our English word "poem." It means, "that which is made, a manufactured product." Based on the context of the second chapter of Ephesians, our conversion is not the end; it is the beginning. Too many believers think salvation is the only important experience and nothing else matters.

At great expense to Himself, God worked for us on the cross. And today, on the basis of that price paid at Calvary, He is working in us to conform us to Christ. God cannot work in us unless He has first worked for us, and we have trusted His Son. Also, He cannot work through us unless He works in us. This is why it is important for you to spend time daily in the Word and prayer, and to yield to Christ during times of suffering. Please understand that it is through the Word, prayer, and suffering that God works in you.

The Bible shows many examples of this principle. Joseph suffered for thirteen years before God put him on the throne of Egypt, second to Pharaoh. What a poem! God spent 40 years working in Moses before He could work through him. During those 40 years as a humble shepherd in the desert, Moses experienced God's working in his life, a working that prepared him for forty more years of magnificent service. What a poem! It was David who was anointed king when he was a youth, but he did not gain the throne until he had suffered many years as an exile. What a poem! Even the Apostle Paul spent three years in Arabia after his conversion, no doubt experiencing God's deeper work to prepare him for his ministry. What a poem! Always remember that God has to work in you before He can work through you.

Many believers today are not sure what they’re here on earth for and miss the joy of being God's masterpiece. People who view themselves as God's special creation are the ones who live happy and successful lives because He has been in and through their lives. You are His poetry, that which is made for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13)! What a poem!

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