A friend recently inspired a thought of people — each of us — as canvases and portraits. Though this is obviously not a new idea, yet it provides an interesting perspective on our lives a followers of Christ. Herein follows the fruition of that seed. May it be a blessing for the glory of God.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” ~Ephesians 2:10
Some translations render “workmanship” as “masterpiece”. Though not wanting to make too much of ourselves from the latter, we should realize that each one of us has been created by a perfect God who makes no mistakes in what He designs. We are each different, but we are all precious and magnificent works of God.
Furthermore, as paintings, we have each been placed in a specific station to bring glory to the Master. Some decorate the hall, serving in the conduits between the rooms of life. Others stand over the mantel in the spotlight, drawing more attention. All of us are where we are for a purpose, not by accident. Bring glory to God wherever you are.
“The apostles gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught. And He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.'” ~Mark 6:30-31
With the canvas and colors given us, we are all called to bring attention and glory to the Master Artist. Even so, every portrait needs times of restoration, away from the crowds; times of prayer and refreshing where we prepare to go back on display for God.
“…by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving…” ~Philippians 4:6b
In those quiet moments, thankfulness should overflow as we realize the intricate detail put into us by the Creator. Our smallest strokes were known and planned before the paint even dried.
“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” ~Psalm 139:14-16
With those things considered, let every hue and all the depth of your portrait bring glory to Him. And if you notice unfinished parts in your canvas, remember “that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 1:6