For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
We are God’s workmanship, His masterpiece, His creation. ‘Workmanship’ in Greek (the New Testament’s original language) is ‘poiema,’ like the word for poem or poetry. We are God’s epic poem. He made us with a purpose in mind. That flies in the face of any notion about being evolved from tadpoles or the product of an expansion of something small inside a black hole to a big universe. People who believe evolution or the Big Bang don’t want to have a Maker to answer to, one that gives a set of rules and tells them what to do.
According to a Time Magazine article about the Big Bang Theory, by J. Madeline Nash (June 24, 2001):
“How life began is a question that is being asked again and again as news of this remarkable molecule and others like it spreads through the scientific world. Never before have the creations of laboratories come so close to crossing the threshold that separates living from nonliving, the quick from the dead. It is as if the most fundamental questions about who we are and how we got here are being distilled into threadlike entities smaller than specks of dust. In the flurry of research now under way — and the philosophical debate that is certain to follow — scientists find themselves confronting anew one of earth’s most ancient mysteries. What, exactly, is life, and how did it get started?”
But if you’re reading this, chances are that you already know these answers and have submitted yourself to God’s authority. And you love Him because He made you and has shown Himself to you.
The good news is that God made us for a purpose, one that has been prepared in advance for us. That gets into the concepts that we looked at in Ephesians 1:11. Not only did God choose us before the world began, but He did it with a specific purpose in mind for each one of us. This isn’t just so we can have a great life, but as Ephesians 1:12 puts it, that “we might be to the praise of His glory.” God made us with a purpose so that we would bring glory to Him. That’s why we exist.
If you think that you have a boring life with no purpose, or that you have no special abilities and talents to contribute to God or to anyone, think again. That is a lie so don’t believe it. This verse is God’s truth to you. God has given you gifts through the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us. (See Ephesians 4:9-13; 1 Corinthians 12 and 14; Romans 12:4-8 and 1 Peter 4:9-11) They are things like giving, hospitality, teaching, mercy, evangelism, leading, administration and organizing.
God also has a plan for you that He’s waiting to unfold if you let Him. He has prepared it in advance, so that means that God is not making it up on the fly. You are a piece of work–God’s work. And it’s good.