By Jane Fryar
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself” (Isaiah 44:24 ESV).
The coffee shop in which I often write is in a building built more than a century ago. When the current owners moved in, they reclaimed and repurposed much of the junk they found in the attic. That junk is now on display as art. It hangs on the walls, sits in display cases, and sparks many an interesting conversation between customers and baristas.
The history of that junk can be summed up in four words: Designed. Formed. Ruined. Restored.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we must admit those four words describe our own personal history as God’s creations, too:
- Our Creator formed us; he crafted us as his unique works of art. From life’s beginning, we had a wonderful purpose. Our existence was intended to honor him. He made us just so, as it pleased him.
- We rebelled. By rejecting the purpose for which we were created, we ruined our potential to live meaningful lives. We walked away from the only authentic source of truth, beauty, life.
- In love, God refused to let us go. He rescued us in Jesus, our Savior. He redeemed us in the cross of Jesus. Even now, the divine Artist is at work, restoring in us the beauty of holiness he intended from the beginning.
In Ephesians 2, Paul sums up this story, our story:
By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:8–10 ESV).
By grace . . . we are right now God’s workmanship, his work of art! Designed. Formed. Ruined. Restored.
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from one of CTA’s brand new Mother’s Day themes, Whispers of God’s Love. This theme offers dozens of gifts that are perfect for the mothers in your ministry. Check it out today—Mother’s Day is May 12!
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