Archive for December 2012

God’s Poem

December 23, 2012

Did you know that you were God’s poem?

Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10,

We are His workmanship (KJV).

We are His achievement (CLT).

We are God’s own handiwork (WNT).

F.B. Meyer, writing on this passage, says, “The word ‘workmanship’ in the Greek is ‘poem.’ We are God’s poems” (Back to Bethel, 1901).

Are you troubled and concerned about the direction of your life? You needn’t be. After all He is the Great Poet of your life. You are His beautiful poem; as Denis Durham has written in his wonderful song His Workmanship, “the years of your life form the stanzas, and the days form every line.”

It may at times seem as though this poem has no rhyme or reason; the divine lines can be painful, but He is directing all for your good (Romans 8:28) – all in His Own time, and in His Own way. You are His masterpiece of love. He is patiently shaping you; He is telling His story with your life.

Rest assured that you are like a building under construction, a painting yet wet and unfinished, a batter still being mixed, a tree that has yet to reach maturity, a tapestry still being woven. Await with patience the Master’s grand completion.

Being confident of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you, will perform it until the Day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).

No wonder Paul says,

Then do we with patience wait for it (Romans 8:25).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

I Am What I Am

December 23, 2012

By the grace of God I am what I am (I Corinthians 15:10).

“I am what I am.” This is the truth of Scripture! We are not self-created, self-made or self-determined. We are exactly what we are because we are the created, and we have so been fashioned. Being God’s creature He has made us precisely who we are.

Of course, in a larger context, He is continually making us who we are. That is, His achievement in all of us is an ongoing work that will find its final result only when He is completely done with His masterpiece.

The only thing that makes us different from the majority of those around us is timing. God’s steady work of creation has always involved the time element and, as in the resurrection, in every aspect of His work in all mankind – whether it is birth, realization of the truth, glorification, etc. – it is “every man in his own order” (I Corinthians 15:23).

We, who are the “Called” – the “First Trusters,” the “First Fruits” – are simply farther along in Father’s handiwork than the rest of His creation. He is doing an early work in us. Thus, at times His hand can be more easily identified in our lives than in those around us, and along with Paul we can – out of God-given faith – rejoice that, by Father’s grace we are what we are. It is only the timing of His grace that makes the difference.

Clyde L.Pilkington, Jr.


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