Ladies, have you forgotten that you are a masterpiece?
I know for myself, it can be easy. All it takes is a glance in the mirror, a step on the ever- fluctuating scale, or a quick internal comparison to another woman. This sends me down the infamous bunny trail of comparing my worth against some vague perception of who she is. There are certain women that just seem to have it “all together” as wives, moms and as women in ministry and before we even know it, we have gone ahead of ourselves measuring our self-worth and our self-image against hers. Can you relate? Do you struggle with the shape of your body, your personality, or the abilities you were or were not given? It can be oh-so-easy to allow ourselves to be defined by such things, especially within the context of ministry. But Paul says in this passage that we are God’s masterpiece. What does he mean? And can we really believe that this is true?
When I think of a masterpiece I am tempted to think of a great work of art. You know, the type we would gaze at in wonder and awe because it is so breathtaking or perfect that it captures us in an instant. We each might have a certain painting or sculpture that comes to mind when thinking of this. But I am not sure that this is the sort of masterpiece Paul had in mind. Our Father God is not making us into His masterpiece so that we can look good or even so we can do good. His purpose for us is so that we may be good.
Being always precedes doing. We each have a part in this beautiful and treacherous symphony called life. And within this symphony, we are each intended to create a unique sound unlike any of the other orchestra members. We come in all shapes and sizes, with the very imprint of God’s signature upon us. We are the cellos, harps, violins, guitars, drums and flutes whose beauty radiates through being used, as we are, where we stand, broken and poured out. How boring it would be if we were all the same! Our true beauty and value is experienced in usefulness in its fullest when it is held in the Master’s hands.
Being used in this hurting world can be both exhausting and exhilarating. We need to remind ourselves of our individual worth in Christ, not to be compared to another woman or an identity as “so and so’s wife” (we tend to get this often in ministry by well- intentioned people) or anyone else but who we were created to be. We need not wait to be perfect, only willing. The reason it feels so good to offer companionship to those who are lonely, or provide a hopeful word to someone in need, or feed the hungry is because this is what you were made for. A masterpiece, made for a life that brings Him glory.