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. Ephesians 2:10
The past couple of years I’ve come to understand that the gospel isn’t a “me” gospel. It’s a “we” gospel.
What I mean is that God looks at how we interact with each other. He wants me to develop Christlike character, but not so I can live isolated in my Jesus-ness. The purpose of my Christlike character is to help me interact with others so that we can become a Christlike we, not just a few lone Christlike me’s.
We are his workmanship. Not me and you and him and her. It’s the “we.” As each of us surrenders to his work in us individually, we become his masterpiece in the “we.”
Who’s the “we”?
- Our marriage.
- Our family.
- Our coworkers.
- Our small group.
Reflecting today on the beautiful marriage Gina and I have, I realize our marriage is his workmanship, his masterpiece.
When two or three people come together in Jesus’ name, he’s here. What’s he doing here? Arranging our individual flaws and brokenness, forcing us to look below the surface—deeper inside ourselves—for love, grace, and patience. He’s showing and telling us how to be still and look to him for how to interact with each other when we’d rather scream or run away. As we surrender to him, you and I become like him and we together become like him. He’s as passionately interested in making me his masterpiece as he is in making us his masterpiece.
You and I should know by now that sooner or later we’re going to damage every relationship we enter, leaving a trail of broken hearts and bitterness. We keep starting over, thinking this time we’ll get it right. Again, we spin in the same predictable downward spiral. Eventually, we either quit on relationships or harden our hearts and endure the pain until we die. Why not invite the Master Artist of relationships inside and between us to guide and shape both me and we? He guarantees success every time.