We are God?s artwork

For we are his workmanship

We know God created us. But what are we? What did God create? Ephesians 2:10 is a very interesting verse:

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

We are God?s workmanship. The original Greek word for ?workmanship? is poiema.
poieo = to make
ma = result of
Something that is composed or constructed, something that is made, the product, the thing made. Poiema is where we get our English word ?poem.? It also means any work of art. It could mean a statue or a song or architecture or a poem or a painting.

We are God?s artwork. But it doesn?t stop there. We aren?t just pretty paintings that hang on the wall for aesthetic purposes. Take a look at the rest of the verse. ?created in Christ Jesus for good works? We aren?t to just exist, we are to do.

This gives me renewed vision of what ?spudart? means. Ever since I was in college in the late 90s I said art serves a purpose, a function. Potatoes are able to do lots of things. Sustain as a staple food, delight tastebuds as french fries, unscrew light bulbs, power a clock, entertain children as Mr. Potato head. I?ve taken that metaphor to artwork. I want my artwork to do things. To make people think. To influence people to make changes. Spudart.

Now with new insight to Ephesians 2:10, I’m inspired to know that we are God’s artwork. We are artwork made to do good things.

One thought on “We are God?s artwork

  1. I should clarify that when I say that God created us. This is referring to the new creation that we are. More specifically when God saved us from being dead in sins. It’s not so much specifically about when we were created to exist on planet earth.

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