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
Every once in a while, I like to watch Antique Roadshow. From art to strange toys to knickknacks, people bring in all sorts of goodies to be appraised by the show’s experts. Although I like some of the pieces people bring, and their stories, a lot of it looks like a bunch of junk to me. Most of the owners leave in disappointment, but some walk away with a surprising small fortune.
For instance, this past January, a gentleman checked in with a blanket that had been passed down from a family member which for years he casually tossed over his furniture. I have no idea what prompted him to bring this blanket to the show’s taping, but low and behold it turn out to be worth half a million dollars.
Then there was the episode where a woman came with unusual carved statues and a few green bowls that had been passed down to her from her father. As they sat displayed before the appraiser, I thought we had another worthless story with a disappointing ending, but I soon learned that the pieces were a jade collection from Qing Dynasty (China) and worth over a million dollars! Who knew? Certainly not me!
I am often reminded that I often view myself much like those items that I see on this popular PBS show. I look in the mirror and see a worn out, worthless piece of junk. I compare myself to others and think I am not worth as much as a certain author or speaker, a co-worker, or even my treasured friend. But the truth is that I am valuable because of what God says about me, not because of what I think about myself or how others view or value me.
The Bible says, “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). If God sees me this way, then this is how I should see myself—and others.
I may not have thought those carved pieces on that particular episode had value, but when I learned what they were made from or the story they carried, I understood how the items had value. Suddenly they became masterpieces in my eyes.
My focus now is to daily remind myself: I am a beautiful masterpiece with a story of my own. I am unconditionally loved and a rare treasure.
Instead of viewing ourselves (and others) as pieces of junk, keep our focus how God sees us—His beautiful masterpieces. The next time you don’t accept a compliment, or you think or speak negatively about someone, remember who the true appraiser is and accept the way He views you.
A masterpiece should not be kept hidden—do something powerful that shows your value.