If you have ever visited an art exhibition or even an art museum you would have noted that there were various pieces of artwork that were considered to be ‘masterpieces.’ The artwork on display may be different in comparison to other pieces, but they are all unique and wonderfully created by the original artist or artisan. The work is placed in the public eye so that the work of the artist can be recognized and also so that the individual works of art can be appreciated for their uniqueness. Were it not for the artist who painted, sculpted, or drew the work of art in question, the world would not stand in amazement at such imagination.
The Lord who created the stars, the Heavens, and all of creation including you and I, He is the Master Artisan. There are various artists who have created pieces of art that caused their name to surge to historical acclaim. However, there is only one artist who has surpassed the rest and that is the almighty God Himself. In the book of Psalms Chapter 139, the Psalmist David declares the wondrous craftmanship God has put on display. In verse 14 of this chapter David says the following:
(NKJV) “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
This particular chapter like many other writings of David is similar to an ode in which David uses poetic language to proclaim the greatness of God. For example, in verses 1-3 of Psalm 139 it reads thusly:
(NKJV) “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.”
(NKJV) “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.”
What David is suggesting to us is that God already knows who he is as a person. When David says in verses 1-3 that God knows his thoughts, his whereabouts, and even his habits, he is making it clear that God knows His creation. Just like every artist knows the inner workings of their artwork, God knows who we are as human beings. We are His creation, but David points to the fact that all of God’s creation is beautifully and wonderfully made.
The fact that God fashioned you is more than enough to rejoice in His mastery of creation. God created you from the very foundation of the Earth which means that the way that you look, your eye color, skin color, height, width and even the family you were born into were all designed by God. It is satan’s desire for all of us to become focused on our flaws whether it be physical or personality wise. The only reason why our flaws exist is because we were born into sin which created imperfection.
However, satan wants us to indulge in our shortcomings instead of realizing that we were made in God’s image from the beginning. Why is it that plastic surgery and various cosmetic enhancements have been promoted for decades? Humanity in its own sinful condition and insecurities focuses on the imperfections. What if we all knew that God was responsible for our creation? What if we had a relationship with God through Jesus Christ to show us the glory of who God is?
David said, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” and “Marvelous are Your works.” What David understood was that he himself was the craftsmanship of God which meant that even in all of his imperfections he was still beautifully and wonderfully made. If you look at the life of David, he was a prime example of what a life of sin looks like. However, despite his many sins and shortcomings, David was a man who understood God’s forgiveness, God’s grace & mercy, and ultimately God’s handiwork in his life.
It is the mission of satan to keep humanity in a distorted view of who God is which distorts the image of God in humanity. So he uses various tactics to entice us with sinful desires in order to eliminate the possibility of being made whole in Christ. In order to understand your intrinsic value, you must have a relationship with the creator.
The reason why the Psalmist David was able to declare God’s supremacy and omniscience was because David had a relationship with God. It is difficult to truly talk in great lengths about a person or subject matter that you have little to no knowledge of. To be knowledgeable about who God is, doesn’t just come from reading His Word but it comes from having an intimate relationship with Him through Christ.
Once you have an understanding of who God is in an actual relationship then you will have a clearer view of who God has made you to be. Satan’s ultimate goal is to deface and destroy the artwork that God has created. It is the same as if someone were to use graffiti to defame the famous painting of the Mona Lisa. It would not only be an assault on the painting itself, but it would be an assault against Leonardo Da Vinci despite the fact that he is no longer living.
Basically, anyone who opposes the artwork opposes the artist who completed the work. That is the position that satan has taken, and this also includes anyone who follows him by living in sin. There are many who do not understand their worth or that they were created in God’s image because of their disobedience and sinful lifestyle.
Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again so that you and I could not only know who we are in God but, to also know who God is. It is our sinful state that separates us from truly knowing the creator. Every single person who was created was and is a masterpiece because of God’s decision to create. You might believe that you are a mistake or that you don’t have value. The enemy of your soul has lied to you, and he wants you to believe that your life lacks meaning.
However, it is because you are alive and that you were created that you have a purpose. God designed you to mirror His image so that He will be glorified. Do you know Jesus in the pardon of your sins? If not, then that is the first step to being introduced to the knowledge that you are God’s masterpiece. The world cannot give you value, nor can you find your purpose in worldly gain. Instead, your purpose and worth is only found in the almighty God who is the Master Artisan.