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Summary: You Are A Divine Masterpiece 1) Formed in love; 2) Reformed by grace

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What’s the most impressive sculpture you’ve seen? The city of St. Albert owns a number of expensive sculptures that are on display behind city hall. They’re nice but I am partial to the pottery of Japan. Three hours north of Tokyo is a pottery town called Mashiko which as a boy I visited often with my family. The streets of Mashiko are lined with potters’ studios filled with aesthetically pleasing bowls, plates, and cups. Yet none of these pieces of artwork can compare with God’s masterpiece. I’m not referring to the Grand Canyon or to the Canadian Rockies. I’m talking about the human race. Today we’re going to learn that you are a divine masterpiece: formed in love, and reformed by grace.

When Sarah and I visited Mashiko a few years ago we were hoping to pick up some unique dinner plates to bring home with us. We couldn’t afford to buy very much however. The starting price for a large plate was $120! It didn’t seem like pottery should cost that much because, after all, it’s nothing more than clay, not gold or silver. What you are paying for of course is the love, care, and the creativity that went into making that piece.

We humans are lot like pottery. If we were to break our body down to its basic elements like oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon, we’d only get $5 for it on the open market. (http://soundmedicine.iu.edu/archive/2003/quiz/humanWorth.html) But if we were to sell off our various organs like the heart and liver, we could easily make over $40 million dollars! So what makes our bodies so valuable if we’re made from dirt? The fact that an almighty creator formed us in love makes us valuable. Just think of the care God exercised in making Adam from the dust of the ground. Did God wear a work apron as he bent over Adam in an open field in the Garden of Eden carefully sculpting his nose? Did he use a tool to help shape the fine detail of Adam’s eyelashes? And how exactly did God craft the heart and the muscles inside Adam’s body?

Adam must have been some masterpiece when God was finished with him, but so are you! In Psalm 139:13 King David wrote: “you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” We too have been formed in love and are a divine masterpiece. Sadly, we don’t always see ourselves that way. Instead of thanking God for the body he gave us, we wish we had a smaller nose, broader shoulders, and more hair. But God made each of us the way he wanted us to be and he did so in love. And so we will sing with David: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14a).

Because God created each one of us to be a divine masterpiece, we’ll want to help care for each other. You don’t do that by laughing about the way the new kid looks. Teasing another because of their body figure is not a harmless pastime. Posting unflattering pictures of others and commenting on one’s supposed physical shortcomings is not just rude and hurtful it’s sinful because you’re also making fun of God’s handiwork.


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