Living It Out – Daily Bible Study 05.10.12

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THURSDAY — You are a Masterpiece!
Big Point: Our past sins and the life we lived before coming to Christ should not cloud our vision of who God has called us to be.

Who do you see when you look in the mirror each day? Do you see the person you were before you began your relationship with Christ or are you holding onto the past and the person you were, or the things you did to others, allowing them to define your image?

We sometimes hold onto our past and identify ourselves as who we once were, or allow others to do so. Whether it be a murderer, thief, addict, abused child or a neglected spouse, now that you’ve established a relationship with Christ, is that who you truly are? When we define ourselves, we often focus on the negative aspects of our lives, such as the former addictions, the abuse we endured or perhaps inflicted upon someone else, or even by the pesky 15-20 pounds that we can’t seem to lose.

If only we viewed ourselves as Christ does, we’d see in our reflection his beauty and love. Our reflection changed the moment we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior. Second Corinthians 5:17 tells that “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things are passed away; behold, new things have come.” There is no greater love than the love He has for each of us. Focusing on our past or allowing others to define us is a rejection of that love. Who knows us better than our Heavenly Father, the One who created us in His image, and knew us before we were formed? Take pride in knowing that we have been molded by His hands to be His vessels.

We sometimes find it difficult to understand our identity as Christ’s masterpiece through the confusion of our “criminal minded” sin, fear or doubt. We must learn to believe that God’s promises are true. Paul shows us in Ephesians that God loves us too much to let us stay as we are.

 

READ and THINK…Find the answers
According to Ephesians 2:10, what has to happen for us to do the good things God has planned for us?

Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation)
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.

Answer:

 

What does Psalm 139:14 tell us how God made us and how we should view ourselves?

Psalm 139:14 (New Living Translation)
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.

Answer:

 

LIVE…What will you do now?
Identify who or what in your past is holding you back from living the life Christ intended for you to live.

 

 

One of the greatest gifts God has given us is the opportunity to start a new life in Him. Do you feel that you received a fresh and beautiful start when you began your new life with God? What does your life look like now because of this fresh start?

 

 

Have you come to the realization that you are wonderfully complex and that God created you that way for a purpose? What got you to this point?

 

All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way.
I wonder if my life could really change at all.
All this earth.
Could all that is lost ever be found.
Could a garden come up from this ground at all.
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust.
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us
“Beautiful Things,” by Gungor

 

Do you know the good things that God planned for you long ago as outlined in Ephesians 2:10? If so, what are they?

 

 

 

And finally, take time today to reflect on how you truly feel now that you know that God’s desire is to turn you into His very own masterpiece.

 

 

PRAY…God, what do you want me to know & do?
Think back to the moment when you first decided to live for Christ. Ask God to reveal that moment to you and joyously allow Him to mold you, like a clay vessel, into the masterpiece He created you to be.

 

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