2017-02-16 - Poiéma
Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above–spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].
I selected the Amplified version because of the extra descriptive words that are added that try to make the meaning clearer. "His own master work", "a work of art" are added for the word workmanship. Is this how you see yourself? If we are honest with ourselves most of us do not. But God does. He can see the finished product where we, who exist in space and time at a particular point, see the work in progress. Sometimes we are not very happy with ourselves for a variety of reasons. Maybe some of that is justified.
The word workmanship comes from the Greek work poiéma. Strong's Concordance of the Bibla (© 1981, 1998 by The Lockman Foundation) defines the meaning as: a thing made, a work, workmanship. A work like a piece of furniture, a painting, or a car. Workmanship like fine craftsmanship - The Mona Lisa, the Pieta, the Eiffel Tower, a Formula-1 racer, stained glass windows, beautiful music, etc.
We look in the mirror and see our frailties and failings. The truth is we often learn more from these difficult events in the valleys of life than we do on the mountain tops with our victories. I have been told I am my own worst critic, and I will admit there is some truth in that statement. But God is not done with me anymore than He is done with you reading this article. He loves us both and will keep working on improving us through the ups and downs of our lives. The more we look for these changes the more encouraged we will be. So be patient with yourself and those around you as will I. Be open to seeing the changes the Lord is making in you.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.