God sees what is good.
We humans are good at breaking things down and tearing them to pieces. Most of us practice this on ourselves regularly. Awareness of our faults and inadequacies distort the image God intends for us to see.
However, what God sees is that we are His masterpiece–His prized work of art. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He prepared in advance for us to do” Ephesians 2:10. You—me—were created to display the artistic genius of God.
In every masterpiece, the artist leaves traces of Himself—favorite colors, treasured objects, valued virtues. He displays them as hints to who he is. You are no different.
You were created to display the very image of God. He placed His image in you and He said, “it is good.” By God’s authority, you have been declared good. Not on account of anything you’ve done…a picture hanging on a wall can take no credit for the ribbons of excellence which adorn it. All the credit—the glory—goes to the artist.
What would it look like for you to know this “full well?” What self-talk would change? What would you do that you currently believe you couldn’t do? How would you display yourself differently if you really knew “full well” that God is your artist?
Failings, weakness and insecurities graffiti our paintings. Praise Jesus for His restoration! He alone can restore and redeem the beauty of the original painting. The apostle Paul says that God has qualified us to share in His kingdom of light (Col. 1:12). Some of us, in the deep places, believe we’ll never be qualified..but based on the authority of God, in Christ Jesus, you already are!
In Christ, God sees beyond the graffiti—He sees the strokes of His brushes that evoke love for other humans as His image resonates in you. He sees the speckles of his plaster smoothed around the contours of your smile as you delight in the rising of the sun. He sees the stitches of your heart stretching to rejoice and suffer with those who do likewise…and He says, “It is good.”
Your Artist delights in you. However, so many are like a three-year-old at the Getty—surrounded by the artistic genius but distracted by the rudimentary flipping of the nearby trash can lid. Step back today and look at your portrait; allow yourself to delight in His masterpiece as you do good works prepared in advance for you.