For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
- Ephesians 2:10 NIV
Read this verse again. Let it sink in for a second. The fact that God calls us his handiwork is mind-blowing. So often we praise God when we see His mountain ranges and sunsets, yet we look at ourselves with disproval and discouragement. The beautiful truth of this verse is that God made you with His own hands, and He considers you His masterpiece. No other created thing pleases Him quite like you do. He not only created you, but He also gives you a unique purpose specific to you.
In college, many of us are figuring out who we are and what we want to do with our lives. Common questions like What’s your major or What are you passionate about seem to stir this uncertainty in many of us. It’s easy to feel pressure and at times feel lost. BUT we know the one who has the answers. If you try to figure things out on your own, it will be easy to feel overwhelmed, but when you trust your Creator to tell you who you are and what He has prepared for you, peace enters in.
This verse says that God prepared good works for us to do. As you follow Jesus, two common temptations are 1) Trying to do someone else’s work. OR 2) Trying to do your work like someone else. God wants you to be confident in who He made you to be. You were never made to do someone else’s work. You were never made to mimic someone else. Remember, you’re his handiwork; there’s no one else like you.
a practical step
Take a moment to let God share reasons why He delights in who He made you to be. Remember that God is the one who made you, and He didn’t make any mistakes with you. Write in your phone these qualities or characteristics that come into your head.