So, I know you’re probably thinking, what does the title “Be His Masterpiece” mean? I know that blog titles are usually this artsy, deep, and intricate meaning, however, I wanted to keep it simple.
Growing up, like many teenagers, I struggled with low self-esteem. This was due to many factors; I was teased for my looks, I was told mean things by children who probably struggled with low self-esteem too. However, I never really let it bother me, until my junior year of high school. So, like any ‘average’ teenager, I fell in love— or, so I thought. I was best friends with a guy who was…perfect. I thought to myself that this guy had to have liked me because we would hang out all the time, and would talk everyday. And I don’t think it helped that other people would tell me that we were so cute together. It sounds like the perfect beginning to a beautiful love story, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, word got out about my feelings for him, and things went terribly wrong. I found out that, he did not feel the same way for me because, to him, I was physically unattractive. Ouch, right? Nothing hurt me more that year, than having my ‘best friend’ tell me that I was not good looking enough for him. My friends did the best that they could to make me feel better, but no matter what they said or did, it did not make me feel any better. My self-esteem was completely destroyed. I always had my insecurities, but now I just felt like everything was wrong with me.
All my life I grew up in church, and was always considered by my peers to be the good little ‘church girl’. I was never upset about this title, because I was proud to be a Christian… or at least the good girl— there is a difference. I was happy that people knew I had good morals, because I dressed modestly, and I didn’t curse, or do the things that other teenagers did. But did this make me a Christian? A lot of people think that Christianity is following a bunch of rules, but in all actuality, it’s having a relationship with God, and being dedicated to being Christ like. I never truly understood this until I came to college, but that is a story for another time. But fast-forward to being in college, I still struggled with my self-esteem, but I finally learned some things about my experience in high school.
- My identity does not rely on man, but my identity is in Christ.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9 NKJV
I love this verse; it shows me that I am God’s daughter. What does this mean? I am special enough for Him to send His only son to die for my sins. Who would do that? No one I know, for sure. God loves me for everything that I am, and every flaw that I think I have, is just a beautiful part of His creation.
- I am God’s masterpiece.
“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 NLT
This is the root of my blog. When I read this, my life completely changed. Whenever an artist finishes their piece, they are so proud of their work. They love it so much that they want to show it off to everyone, and they consider it their masterpiece. So, can you just imagine how God feels about us. He knew us before we were even born, and He handcrafted EVERY single part of us. So much that he knows every hair on our head! Gosh, can you believe that? He took His time to create you, and me and he is so proud of us, that he considers us His masterpiece. Whoa.
So, who cares if this guy— that I thought I loved— called me physically unattractive. My God, who sent His son to die on the cross for my sins, calls me His masterpiece! I don’t know about you, but that exceeds what some person has to say about me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard to see that in the middle of your situation, but I just want to tell you that God loves you so much, and he put so much love and care into creating you, so it doesn’t matter what other people have to say! I was so consumed in the thoughts of others; not realizing that doubting myself meant that I doubted God’s handiwork.
Now that I am a senior in college and have a better understanding about God’s love, I am content in knowing that, I am God’s Masterpiece. We are God’s masterpiece. It’s hard to realize that sometimes, but I hope this blog encourages all of us to Be His Masterpiece. Comment with words of encouragement, thoughts, or any questions!