For we are God’s masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10. In other words, we are a piece of art being worked on daily.
The word “Masterpiece” is from a Greek word, poem. You are a poem, an art, a sculpture in the hands of the Greatest Artist. We are being formed into perfection. (Philippians 1:6)
A masterpiece is never done overnight. It consists of layers of processes. And it will take all our life to arrive in perfection. Patience and perseverance is developed in these processes (Philippians 1:6). Don’t lose heart, it’ll be done in time. Meanwhile, we keep living a full life in Christ he promised. We keep learning by becoming a teachable soul. I read somewhere that the greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance but illusion of knowledge. Be teachable. You don’t have to wait until heaven to have a full life. By the way, heaven is not the promise land because when Caleb and Joshua and God’s children arrived at the Promise Land they were faced with wars. (There’s no war in heaven) Just as we are faced with war here between our selfish soul and our God-filled spirit. We remain the older students that keep on learning and listening to our younger spirit and growing where we are to have life and have it to the full.
In every piece of art, there is a critic. Have you read/heard those critics? They’re brutal. There’s always something wrong, not quite right, rhyme and reason is off, rhythm is too fast or too slow, too loud ir too soft, and etc. Well you know what they say – glamor staged art is so unnatural (like selfies).
When I’m criticized about my work I hurt for a while but then I realize “criticism is a push for better”. As I grew older I actually welcomed critics knowing I will always have blind spots in my life. Wilder said that maturity is a social process. We need each other to grow up.
Think of yourself as an unfinished art.
Michaelangelo said that every Block has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. Sculptor is highly creative fine artist who develops ideas for sculptures or statues, and makes them come to life in three-dimensional form by joining or molding materials together. Sculptors typically work with hard materials like stone, marble, glass, metal, wood or ice. Think of how hard headed we can be that are being chiseled, melted so we can be molded for a purpose.
Just as a poem is not written in a day, so we are being revised, edited and renewed. Sometimes a line floats in front of you, if you don’t catch it and write it down it’ll disappear into thin air. You just need to rest awhile, visit your memory and look for clues, get rid of garbage, then go back and write again. Making more mistakes only to find that it’s in those mistakes that you found your a jewel.