Alive in Christ

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

A few years ago Michelangelo’s artistry in the Sistine Chapel underwent a massive restoration. Years of grime and soot had dulled this masterpiece of art. The most recent restoration (1994) revealed colors and details that had not been seen for centuries. The marred masterpiece became vibrant and alive again.

The Genesis story reminds us that we were created in the image of God. “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) We are God’s workmanship, his design, his creation. Each of us unique and special. That word for “workmanship” used in Ephesians 2:10 could also be translated “work of art or masterpiece.” As God’s work of art, we have God’s fingerprint on the canvas of our lives. That word for masterpiece or workmanship in the Greek language literally means “poem”… We are God’s poem… A divine work of art, signed by God.

But if we were created in the image of God, why are our lives such a mess? Why is our world such a mess? And what can we do about it? And how do we become the person God has created us to be?

Genesis story also tells us about the grime of sin that covers us, mars the image of God, and hides the great beauty God intended for us and the world to enjoy. And at the same time that we are God’s masterpiece, bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus, chosen, forgiven children of God, yet we are a work in progress…in need of restoration or redemption because of sin…You can think of yourself as a masterpiece in the process of being restored by a great artist.

But for restoration to happen, we have to be honest about the messes in our lives. We need to address the mess and allow God’s Spirit to bring new life and vitality to our lives! This Lent, we will be looking at the messes in our lives, and how God is at work bringing restoration and transformation to our lives through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

I hope you will join us for worship as we begin a sermon series called Restored: Finding Redemption in our Mess, based on a book by Tom Berlin.
You are God’s Masterpiece…He’s not finished working in and through you yet. See you in worship, Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M.

Grace and Peace
Pastor Debbie