I Am God’s Masterpiece
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 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. (Eph. 2:1-10 NLT, emphasis added)
I saw a vision, in prayer, of a beautiful and elegant white swan. I was reminded of the story of the ugly duckling. The ugly duckling’s egg inexplicably ends up in the nest of a duck. When it hatches it does not resemble its siblings. This leaves the ‘ugly duckling’ to feel worthless, less than and completely out of place. As it grows, however, it begins to realise it is not actually a duck. When the ugly duckling sees himself for the first time in a mirror, he sees he is in fact a beautiful swan. He has always been a swan. He will always be a swan.
It makes me think of how we see ourselves. We are made in the image of God.
So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Gen. 1:27 AMPC)
If we are not looking to God for our self-image, then we will not see ourselves correctly. He is our mirror.
Let us continue or journey in discovering our true identities in Christ. According to Ephesians 2:10, we are God’s masterpiece. I would like to glean three important truths from this passage of scripture and the vision the Holy Spirit gave me.
You are not a duck
Ephesians 2:1 says, “Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins” (NLT, emphasis added). If you belong to Christ then you have been raised to new life with Him. Unless you reject salvation, you have been set free from your old life and your sin nature.
The enemy might work overtime to blind you to the truth. Like the ugly duckling, you might think you are a duck because you find yourself in a duck’s nest. But you are not a duck! He has already rescued you from that place.
He stooped down to lift me out of danger from the desolate pit I was in, out of the muddy mess I had fallen into. Now he’s lifted me up into a firm, secure place and steadied me while I walk along his ascending path. (Ps. 40:2 TPT, emphasis added).
If you are not living an ascended life, then you need to ask yourself why. It comes down to how you view yourself. What is your vantage point? It should be a heavenly place…
You are seated in heavenly places
When Christ was resurrected from the dead, His work was finished. So what did He do? He took a seat.
And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come. (Eph. 1:19-21 AMPC)
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:9-11 NKJV)
Ephesians 2:6 tells us that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places because we are co-heirs with Him (Rom. 8:17). The key to an ascended life is recognising we are already seated with Christ far above all principalities and powers (Eph. 1:21). As He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17b). This really needs to settle in our spirits and garrison our hearts and minds. You need to know this deep in your ‘knower’.
If we are seated with Christ, then we are at rest. We are not working or striving. Our salvation is not of ourselves. It is a gracious gift of God (Eph. 2:8-9).
We don’t always see what God sees
God sees eternity in us because He IS eternity. This is why prophetic ministry is so important. It helps us to see beyond our natural circumstances and take a heavenly perspective. A prophetic word will speak into your future because God has already predestined that you would walk in good works (Eph. 2:10).
This reminds me of the story of Gideon in Judges 6 and 7. When God found Gideon, he was hiding from the Midianites threshing wheat in a wine press. The first thing God said to him was, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valour!” (Jud. 6:12b). Gideon’s response was typical. “You’ve got the wrong guy! I’m a nobody!”. But God’s response was, “Have I not sent you? I will be with you”. At that moment, God was speaking prophetically to who Gideon was in eternity, not where he found himself in the present.
As you follow the story in chapter 7, you hear of another prophetic utterance that propels Gideon into his destiny. He sneaks down into the camp with a servant to hear what the Midianites are saying about them. While eavesdropping, he hears one of them recount a dream he had of a loaf of barley bread falling into the camp and knocking down the tents. Sovereignly at that moment, the prophetic anointing falls on one who was hearing the dream. He gives an interpretation, “This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp” (Jud. 7:14b NKJV).
This mighty man of valour went on to fulfill his destiny and destroy thousands of Midianites with a small band of three hundred men.
There is greatness inside of you. God placed it there when He spoke you into this earth with a calling and a destiny for such a time as this (Est. 4:14). We MUST see ourselves the way God sees us.
We are incredible masterpieces. We may not see it. Others may not see it, but to God, we are uniquely and marvelously made.
I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord! (Ps. 139:14 TPT)
This reminds me of a beautiful quote from the movie (and also the book), The Shack. “Yes, [the garden is a mess]. It’s wild and wonderful and perfectly in process. This mess is you.” We may not see it, but God is at work and what He sees is so much more than what we see.
Trust what God says about you. He will not lead you astray. Follow Him and you will step into destiny and purpose. It is only in this ascended place, that lasting peace and joy is found. You were made to do great things. Now go and change the world, Worldchanger!
Prayer of Activation:
Father, I know You are working in me giving me the power and desire to do what pleases You (Phil. 2:13). Forgive me, Lord, when I have not seen myself the way You see me. I repent of this mindset and renounce all independence, insecurity, rejection and doubt in the mighty Name of Jesus. I clothe myself with the nature of Christ (Rom. 13:14). I decree I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). I see myself seated with Christ in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). I choose to see myself the way You see me. When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I (Ps. 61:2). Amen.
Blessings in Christ,