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

According to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary, the word “masterpiece” means “a work done with extraordinary skill”

We were all created by a very skilled master. He took his time forming us, making sure everything was perfect. He decided our hair colour, the exact shade of our skin and our height. HE is the master artist and WE are his masterpiece.

He knew who you would be, what your talents were and what you would struggle with. He designed you perfectly.

And He knows exactly where you fit into His kingdom. The scripture above tells us that he had good things planned for us long ago. He knew every mistake you would make and every wrong path you would wander down. In spite of this, he still loves us and wants to use us to reach the world. How incredible is that?

In spite of our flaws and past, we have an incredible future in Christ, that was planned long ago!

We can be made new in him today, and can rediscover his plan and will for our lives!

God, I’m thankful that I can be made new in you.  Help me to understand that you formed me and made me exactly how I am for a reason. You want to use me for your kingdom, so I ask that you lead me today.

“Commit your actions to the Lord,

    and your plans will succeed.”

Proverbs 16:3

I grew up believing in my teen years that to be doing something for the kingdom of God, required me doing something (and I’m being completely honest here) huge and something that got people’s attention.

I needed to be impacting the thousands and no less. I needed to have a huge platform, and to be ministering publicity on a consistent basis. Boy, was I  wrong.

I look at my life now and realize that I’m still making an impact on this world, and just because it doesn’t look the way I thought it would, doesn’t mean it isn’t as important.

God blesses faithfulness, and if we can’t be faithful in the small things, we definitely won’t be faithful in the big things.

So commit everything you do to the Lord, because it’s important.

From wiping a snotty nose in the nursery class, to picking up kids on your church bus route.

From raising your kids, to taking a lost and struggling young person under your care and guidance.

From worshiping every service with your whole heart, to supporting your pastor.

Whatever this season of your life  requires of you, commit it to God and you will succeed.

God, take what I have today and use it for Your glory. Some days I don’t feel like I have much to offer, but I surrender it all to You today.

And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.”

The human race is fickle. We can be easily swayed in one direction or another, continually tossed about by every wave or wind that comes our way. We struggle with loyalty, and standing up for what is right and good, and most importantly – what is moral.

This isn’t something that is new though, as scripture tells us time and time again that Gods children wrestled with their flesh and keeping their eyes fixed on Him.

We oftentimes settle for what is good instead of what is best. The people in this story decided to worship idols that held no comparison to the glorious, ever-living God they knew.

What are your eyes fixed on today? Are you settling for something less than what God has for you? He only desires good for you, and loves you beyond words.

His plan for you is perfect, and there is safety in His will.

Take the time today to adjust your focus, and allow God to sit on the throne of your heart once more.

Father, I’m thankful that even though I can be tossed and swept away by the ever changing tides of this world, You are faithful and constant – and always willing to forgive.