When you choose to live based on what God says, and not on what others say, you can live with confidence and security built on the rock. He loves you. He has a plan and a path for you. He will speak to your heart. Hush and listen. Yes, He speaks to each of us. He speaks to you, individually. 1 Thessalonians 1:4 even tells us that we are chosen by God. Yes, even you!
Why? Galatians 3:26 tells me that I am His child. I belong to Him much more than the fact that I belong to the world. You may at times think “I am nothing special”. This is false. You see, you are God’s masterpiece. Yes, a masterpiece. Look at 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.” Have you ever studied art history or art appreciation? From the cave drawings, through the Renaissance, the Dutch masters, the Spanish artists, the Impressionists, Andrew Wyeth, and all the amazing painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, and composers in between, there are many works considered to be masterpieces. There is no denying that. But you, too, are definitely a masterpiece.
If you have ever been in an art museum, or anywhere that art is on display, you will note that there are security guards, security cameras, boundaries and rules as to how close you can be to the artwork. How analogous is this? Do you see the parallels? We, too are that precious. God guards our heart, as a Good Shepherd. When it comes to wolves or wolves in sheeps clothing, boundaries and the like need to be in place. They need to protect God’s treasure ~ you. That way, your beauty and your mission can inspire others, just the way that God intends.
Take heart everyone. Truly appreciate the masterpiece that you and others are. Remember: in these troubled times, Believe Anyway.