Today marks yet another prayer retreat that I long for all month (and I often wish that I had the time to do it more often). I was meditating on the fact that God created me, and how I don’t feel like I am the masterpiece that God intended me to be. I am marred by sin. I’ve made sinful choices and others have sinned against me…all this has left its mark on who I am now. Slowly, over time, I’ve begun to believe the lie that these stains have erased my value. However, He is calling me to change my focus….because all I can see are the stains that cover this work of art.
Someone mentioned once that we are sinners…and in God’s sight we are a “Glorious Ruin” and a “Stained Masterpiece”. What a beautiful truth that these words speak to my heart this morning. Because, in love, God is using even the stains in my life to restore the masterpiece I am to greater glory. Transformed by Grace, even my faults and painful experiences are becoming part of my beauty.
God made me as a masterpiece. And He knew that sin would stain His work of art.
At this very moment, He is pouring out His Grace to restore me to masterpiece condition. Lord, help me to see past my flaws and stains that sin has caused and open my eyes to see the masterpiece you made me to be. Give me the desire to live as a full expression of Your unique masterpiece. Amen.
“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” Philippians 1:6
“May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24