You are a Masterpiece

Would you ever refer to yourself as a masterpiece? I’m not sure I’ve met anyone I liked that would state such a thing about herself. It sounds pretty cocky. Vain. Definitely not in my self-describing word bank. But maybe you and I are selling ourselves short…

Masterpiece: a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship.

To create something magnificent takes much time and effort. It goes from a tiny idea (a whisper prayer), to a vision, to a concrete idea...and finally it emerges into the physical. For us,  all of that can take anywhere from a few hours, to a few days, maybe an entire lifetime, hopefully, one day being awarded the title of “masterpiece” by our peers. 

As creative and as skilled as we are, we are not the original artist of these works. 

It began in Genesis. When God talked to Himself (three persons in one, you know, totally easy to understand), He said, “let us make man in our image. Then He created man and woman from the dust and called it very good.” (If you want the unabridged version, click here).

From the very beginning, before time, you were a masterpiece in the making. I love how Erwin McManus paraphrases Jeremiah 1:5 in his book, The Artisan Soul:

You were a dream in the heart of God, an idea in the mind of God, a manifestation of imagination. You exist because God uses invisible material to make all things visible.

You are the work of the first and greatest Artist. And unlike many of my attempted paintings, His imagination, His vision of you isn't a Pinterest fail. 

“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

Heady, right? But beautiful. So beautiful. He uses the artist analogy in scripture to speak to the creative in each of us. You get to take part in His artwork by not only being a living sculpture, but by expressing yourself daily in how you live. So if you are a writer, write. If you are a painter, paint. If you are a cook, cook. If you love accounting, God bless you! Count! 

No matter what you do, you are His Masterpiece. He created you new in Christ Jesus to share with the world your own expression of His image. So go ahead...say it aloud without shame: I am a masterpiece! I won’t judge ;)

  1. Create space to create. You have to allow yourself time and an area to make things. Carve out a day or evening to bake something fun with your kids or paint a new picture for your living room.
  2. Pretend you are a 12-year-old version of yourself. What did you love to do? I read an article in Reader’s Digest that discussed our interests at this age are indicators of what we are truly passionate about as a person. True or not, give it a try!  
  3. Read The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus. I read this book while I traveled across Italy. I loved how it opened my eyes to see all the ways people create art from food and wine to sculptures to’s everywhere!


JL McCarthy

February 11, 2020