The following is a reprint of an article written for calvarychapel.com. There are some great articles over there. I encourage you to subscribe to their RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, the whole shebang. ~corby
In a world where things are prefabricated and mass produced, craftsmanship is an under-appreciated and, in some cases, a nearly lost art. Here in the Portland, OR area there is a place called Pittock Mansion. It was built in 1914 for the Pittock Family by local craftsmen and artisans using all Northwest materials. There are some incredible examples of craftsmanship in this house. In some parts of the house the flooring is made of curved strips of wood that were steamed and bent into the desired shapes. In 1962, four years after the family had abanonded the house, the Columbus Day Storm did serious damage to the once magnificent building, including some of the curved-wood flooring. When a group of people wanted to restore the structure and turn it into a museum, no one knew how to repair the floor. Well, almost no one. Some of the original craftsman were still alive and still in the area. They were able to repair and restore the floor so that it could be appreciated once again as part of the museum that the house has become.1
Have you ever thought of yourself as God’s craftsmanship? That’s exactly what the Bible says you are.
“For we are His workmanship (craftsmanship), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
According to Ephesians 2:4-10, God, motivated by His love for you, even while you were dead in your sin, made you alive again with Jesus. He raised you from the dead with Jesus and seated you in the heavenly places in Christ! Why did He do that? In order to show you off as an example of the overflowing wealth of His grace displayed in His acts of kindness toward you. You didn’t save yourself. You couldn’t save yourself. Your salvation was completely God’s doing. Because your salvation was completely His work, He is the one who get’s the credit for what He has done in and through you. In reality, you are His craftsmanship. He carefully, thoughtfully, and intentionally crafted you to be things and do things that are a part of His design.
How does that make you feel? I like to think of this passage as the great equalizer.
- Have you felt overly confident in your life or ministry? Have you ever felt entitled or proud? This truth should humble you and inspire repentance. Anything that is good in you comes from the Lord and is for His glory, not yours.
- On the other hand, have you ever felt depressed in life or ministry? How about feeling useless and abandoned like Pittock Mansion was? These things should lift you up to a place of honor and restoration.
God is holding you in His hands, showing you off to a lost, hurting, and dying world, saying, “Look at what I made! Look at what I can do with you!” You are His craftsmanship, created in Him image, according to His design. You have been and continue to be molded into a masterpiece that He wants to use to demonstrate what He can do through His love in people’s lives. In Christ we shouldn’t be proud, nor shoul we be embarrassed. We just need to be what He is making us to be; His.
- (This is all according to the tour guides.) â†©