Did you know that before you were breathed into existence by God, he wrote a book about your entire life? That book is in heaven right now. God created you with a set of absolutely unique gifts and talents and abilities and strengths. There are things that God put inside you that he didn’t give anyone else. And then he planned out a whole lifetime of ways for you to use those gifts to benefit the people around you and bring glory to him. He designed you so that when you use your gifts to do the things he planned, it brings you great joy and a feeling of fulfillment. Your book is not just about you, but about the thousands of lives you will touch, all woven together.
You are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which he planned for us to walk in. Ephesians 2:10
I always pictured “good works” as passing out sandwiches and socks to homeless people, but this verse isn’t necessarily talking about acts of charity. It concerns all the things God designed you to do in your little corner of the world. For most of my life, I didn’t know what my purpose was. I’m really just now starting to get it.
When He created you, God had a very specific set of characteristics that he built into you so you would be equipped to accomplish your purpose. God has big dreams for you! Sadly, a lot of us grow up and never use or even discover our God-given design. sin and violence. I believe we can determine whether we are operating in our giftings when two things are true: One, it blesses others or brings glory to God, and two, it brings us joy.
We begin life with the unconditional love of our heavenly Father and a world of possibility. But in ways big and small, the enemy kills our dreams, steals our joy, and destroys our vision.
So, what if we don’t know what our gifts are? Or what if we use them for selfish purposes? Does God give up on us? Not at all. When it comes to us, God is a little bit like that annoying parent who thinks their kid can do no wrong.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:7
You’re not a disappointment to God. He’s still working in your life trying to line things up to go well for you. He doesn’t ever think about or even remember the times you messed up. He is still as crazy about you as he was the day you were born. He sees your potential; he is looking for ways to get you into position to receive all the blessings he wants to give you. You are tremendously valuable to God, but not in the way the world judges value.
My mother had twelve children, and once when I was a kid I asked her which one was her favorite. She answered, “The one who needs me most right then.” I’m pretty sure God is like that. He wants us to realize that we need him. He wants us to come as children, trusting him and loving him and just wanting to be close. He isn’t waiting until we have it all together or until we have accomplished what he created us to do.
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:16
We need to realize that God is good, and that it will be tremendously rewarding to seek him. It absolutely requires sacrifice and commitment on our part. But God’s mercy and grace are far more than enough to pick us back up when we fall. For the joy set before him, Jesus endured the cross. You and I were that joy. The Father wanted us back, and Jesus was willing to pay the ultimate price to give us the opportunity to be in full, intimate relationship with him.
The next time the devil tries to whisper that you don’t measure up, remind him (and yourself) that you are God’s masterpiece, his beloved child intricately designed, bought with a price, and that no one can snatch you out of God’s hand. I encourage you to come into the presence of your Abba Father like a child, and ask him to read to you out of your book. Share what you hear in the comments!