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Masterpiece Living

Written by vernon.

These are mini inspirational quotes and thoughts that are based upon our Philosophy Scripture list below to empower and encourage people to step into faith and begin experiencing God’s masterpiece life. 

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) - “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.

For many of us, the thought of ourselves as been a masterpiece is the furthest thing from our minds. After all, a masterpiece is celebrated and given a high value of worth by others. However, as we consider our story, the word masterpiece does not surface to the top when thinking of or describing ourselves. God made a profound statement about our thinking versus His thinking:

Isaiah 55:9 (ESV) – “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." 

The wonderful thing about God is that He is God; His advantage point is not limited from our past to present experiences. God sees us from eternity past to eternity future because he is sovereign and all knowing. This is how he puts it to Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT) – “I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

Imagine that, God said he knew Jeremiah’s work and future even before he was conceived. This is because God had work for him to do and he made him perfectly suited to accomplish this work. In God’s eyes Jeremiah was a masterpiece in his generation. I want you to know that God is not a respecter of persons, you have also been created for a work, made perfectly to accomplish it and you are also God’s masterpiece in your generation. 

As all masterpieces are forged in a crucible, we were born in a sinful nature because of the Fall which has distorted this image, life with its challenges, sorrows and disappointments has left countless negative marks and memories and the culture with its contradictions has been constantly eroding away at the image. But God, created us in His image with brilliance and beauty to do his work and to be His masterpiece!

Psalm 139:14 – “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

It is important for us to know and remember that what makes us a masterpiece is God’s image in us being regenerated by the work of the Word, the Blood of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. The more we learn to submit to the process of being purified (sanctification) the more God’s image is seen in and through us. In essence the brighter our lights shine the more our kingdom value is realized and God’s work is accomplished to his Glory.

So as the song says:

Let it shine, let is shine, let it shine.

Jeremiah 29:11 - “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”


In Christ Alone!

Pastor Vernon

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