the art or skill of a workman; also : the quality imparted to a thing in the process of making. (emphasis mine)
Sometimes when I’m reading a verse of Scripture, I pay close attention to the word choice, wondering why God wanted that specific word, what He’s trying to tell us through it.
While reading Ephesians 2:10 the other day, the word “workmanship” immediately caught my eye, and now that I’ve got time I’m going on a full-on word hunt for this one.
The above definition, from Merriam-Webster, is just beautiful.
The Workman’s art.
The quality He imparts to it during the process of reshaping.
And isn’t it amazing to think that this verse tells us– we’re His workmanship?
Being a valuable piece of art is certainly uplifting.
The Greek word for “workmanship” is poiema, pronounced POI-eh-ma, the noun form of the verb poieo which means “to do”.
Sound familiar? That’s because the English word “poem” is derived from it.
And aren’t poems some of the most beautiful things in the world? The way a writer strings words together to make music. The power it holds to stir the emotions of anyone brave enough to hear it.
So– we’re His art. His poetry. His beautiful creation.
But like every Artist, He had a purpose in mind when creating us.
Artists create to touch and inspire the world.
And really, we were made to touch the lives of others as well.
“…Created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
He has a plan, a story written out for each of us.
Like a Potter and His clay.
“But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.“
–Isaiah 64:8, ESV (emphasis mine)
Every day, He’s reshaping us into His beautiful creation, His workmanship.
And even when we feel like our paint’s chipping– or that we don’t quite fit into any mold– or the fire He’s putting us through is far too hot– we can rest in assurance that we are still His workmanship, His poiema, born to do great things for His kingdom.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”
–2 Corinthians 4:7-9, ESV (emphasis mine)
You are His workmanship, created in Christ to go out and share His love and light and beauty with the world. Never, ever lose sight of that.