“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” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT).

The Mona Lisa.

Artists, composers, writers, anyone who creates, all dream of the magnum opus, the great work of their lives. As I’ve already mentioned, I’m not an artist, but when my son was born, I felt I had created the great work of my life. Moments after his birth I burst out with “Look what I did!” I could scarcely fathom that I had a part in bringing such a beautiful, perfect little creature into this world.

God is the master artist, whose workmanship is all around. But his masterpiece may not be so obvious. Just as my son seemed to be mine, we are his. God’s magnum opus is us, the new creatures he has created in Christ. We are his image bearers, the ones who reflect his love and grace to a hurting world. Every person in this world is one of his masterpieces in process—how could we be anything less under the hand of the master? It’s something to think about next time you’re at a mall or an airport—picture a frame around everyone’s head. That’s how God sees us!