by Emily Thurston
“For 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.”
A question on the forefront of many of our minds as we make the trek through college is what our God-given purpose is. We rush into situations in order to fulfill our own agendas. Instead, we should be letting the professional do the work. Ephesians 2:10 describes us as God’s masterpieces. He is the artist who has honed the craft of creation. He is intentional in placing us in this world in the capacity that we each occupy. He sees where each of us is best suited to further his kingdom on earth. God planned out each of our futures before our great-grandparents were even a figment of some distant relative’s imagination. He knew our exact purpose and the good we would do on this earth in his name. He even placed a role model in Christ on this planet to help us follow the example into our preordained positions in life. As an artist, God’s vision is all that matters and it is up to each of us to realize what he meant for us. It is not our job to create a new interpretation or reinvent the wheel. He did all the heavy lifting. He stretched the canvas and placed every stroke with care. He picked the precise color palette and blended new and unique shades. He even sat and watched every drop of paint dry due to his never-ending grace and love. All of that effort speaks to a creator who wants the absolute best for us and nothing less. So he has carved out a crevice for each of us to fill in order to most efficiently be displayed as his work of art. What will be the title of your portrait in God’s gallery?