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You are God’s masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
The dictionary defines a “masterpiece” as “a person’s greatest
work of art,” or a “consummate example of skill or excellence.”
Now, when God’s Word describes you as His masterpiece, what comes into your
mind? Do you accept His assessment, or do you think, Well, He must be talking about
someone else…if He really knew me, He wouldn’t think that!
Your personal identity—how you see yourself—is often shaped by your early experiences
in life. Maybe your parents said things to you as a child that made you doubt your
worth. Maybe you were rejected or abused. If so, I can relate to what you have been
through, because I experienced every kind of rejection and abuse as I was growing
up. I was sexually, verbally, emotionally and physically abused by my father from
the time I can remember until I finally left home at the age of 18. I then carried
those emotional wounds into my first marriage to a man who also treated me badly
and eventually left me.
Even when I met and married Dave Meyer—a wonderful, loving man—I didn’t know
how to give or receive love. I was controlling, manipulative, angry, critical, negative,
overbearing and judgmental. All I had grown up with, I had become. My problems were
deep inside me, caused by years of abuse, a wrong mindset and my wounded emotions.
Now, I was born-again during those years. I loved Jesus. I believed my sins were
forgiven and that I would go to heaven when I died. But I had no victory, no peace,
no joy in my life. I felt condemned all the time. The only time I didn’t hate
myself was when I was working toward some personal goal I thought would provide
me a sense of self-worth. I was worn-out, burned-out, frustrated, and miserable.
I had made the frustrating, tragic mistake of trying to find the kingdom of God,
which is righteousness, peace and joy (see Romans 14:17), in things and other people.
I didn’t realize the kingdom of God is within us, as the apostle Paul
wrote in Colossians 1:27. My joy—and my identity—had to be found in Christ alone.
The Word says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old
things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians
5:17 NKJV). But I had not yet taken hold of the “new creation reality.”
I was living out of my own mind, will and emotions, which were all damaged. Jesus
had paid the price for my total deliverance, but I had no idea how to receive His
One day as I was reading the Bible, I noticed this statement in 2 Corinthians 5:7:
“For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our
conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things,
with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance” (AMP).
The Holy Spirit stopped me and asked, “What do you believe, Joyce, about
your relationship with God? Do you believe He loves you?” As
I honestly began to search my heart and to study His Word on the subject, I concluded
He did love me—but conditionally.
But the Bible teaches that God loves us perfectly or unconditionally. His perfect
love is not based on our perfection or anything except Himself (see 1 John 4:8).
He always loves us, but often we don’t receive His love because of guilt about
our wrong behavior. We are supposed to be conscious and aware of God’s love
and put faith in it. But I was unconscious and unaware of God’s love; therefore,
I was not putting faith in His love for me. What a breakthrough! That was the beginning
of my emotional healing. It has been a process, but today I can honestly say I am
healed and content. I know in my heart that God loves me—and I also love myself.
Saturate your mind with the truth of God’s Word. It’s
filled with reminders of His unconditional love for you. He says you are fearfully
and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). He says that nothing can separate you from
His love (Romans 8:35). Don’t let the enemy steal your identity. You are
God’s masterpiece. Believe it!
This article is taken from Joyce's book,
Beauty for Ashes.