The portrait of Adele Bloche-Bouer, painted in 1906 by Gustav Klimt is one of the most expensive paintings in the world. In fact, it is among the top five paintings in the world. The captivating thing about the painting is that Gustav meticulously did the painting over a period of three years through the request of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. Imagine completing a project not in one week, one month, but three years. Gustav needed that much time to make the painting a masterpiece- something uniquely outstanding. It takes a deep passion to stay committed to a task that long and bring forth the best product.
As we prayed into this new year for you, our hearts centered on Ephesians 2:10, “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”. This is what God had in mind when He made you- his beloved sons and daughters. He took his time to make you a masterpiece. Notice that verse says, “we are” and not “we were”. Think about this for a moment. It is a present tense. A continuous affirmation of who you are. This is a powerful transforming truth!
Many times it takes the process of time for this truth to become activated in our lives as sons and daughters of the living God. The activation happens when we allow God to work in us so He can work through us. The process is different for everyone. There is a well known quote (source unknown) that gives a mental picture of what this process of time looks like for a masterpiece.
It states that, “A bar of iron costs $5, made into horseshoes its worth is $12, made into needles it is worth $3500, made into balance springs for watches it's worth is $300,000.” However, unlike the iron bar, as a son or daughter of God, you are already a masterpiece. Your roadmap or journey to that activation and realization is what brings out the beauty of your masterpiece.
So brothers and sisters, you are God’s best work of artistry. You’re not going to be God’s best work of artistry. You already are. You’re already His masterpiece in Christ Jesus. Let this truth anchor you this year. Here at Oasis Focus, we continue to celebrate the amazing masterpiece that you are for God’s glory! Friendly reminder to be our guests for Oasis Connection TV or Oasis of Hope Podcast. We can’t wait to connect with you!
In Christ’s Love,
Drs. Johnson & Feyi Obamehinti