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My God is…My Maker Ephesians 2:10

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared inchisel-sculptor-tools advance for us to do.

Full Definition of HANDIWORK

1 a :  work done by the hands
   :  work is done personally <recognized her handiwork>
2:  the product of handiwork
For we are God’s handiwork
The word handiwork is interesting to me. We sometimes use it negatively, “That mess is the handiwork of the boys.” but usually, handiwork is a good thing. It is a project that was done by hand. It doesn’t happen automatically. It’s not machine-made. Handiwork has to be made by hand. If we are God’s handiwork, what does that mean about us? I’m currently in a Bible Study called, “Unglued” by Lysa Terkeurst. In it, this week she talked about us being God’s handiwork (or workmanship). She suggests that we should, “Let God Chisel”. Comparing us to the statue of David, she explains that God sees who we are meant to be, even when that shape hasn’t fully formed yet. I love the idea that God is continuing to shape me, especially at times when I am reminded I have so far to go.
Work done by the hands 
One of the things that separate handiwork from other products or creations is the attention to detail. When you are making something, whether it’s a cake, a painting or a craft, you’re intimately involved in the process. You have an idea of how you want that project to end up. You know what your vision is for that item. God is the same with us. He sees us in our present state, but He knows there is so much more we could be. He has a vision for us. He has a plan for us, a plan to prosper us and not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:10-12). Sometimes we’re stuck. We don’t want to change, and the Lord has to chisel away to get rid of what is holding us back from being all he imagined for us.
 Work was done personally – Created in Christ Jesus
We have the opportunity to be what God envisions, because of Christ Jesus. Left on our own, we would be hopeless slabs of marble. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross allows us to be chiseled by God, transformed into His image, continually changing to be more like Him. When you see a painting or sculpture by an artist, you may be able to tell who made it, just by looking at it. The same can be said in architecture, writing, and even cooking. When something is created personally, crafted into something new, there is a mark of the one who made it. There is a signature (sometimes literally) that lets you know who was the creator of this masterpiece. As we are transformed to be more like Christ, we too should be clearly visible as His masterpiece. People should be able to tell that we are Christians. The way we love, the way we argue, the way we serve, in everything we do, by the grace of Jesus Christ, we are able to reflect our Lord, giving Him the glory for all we achieve and all the changes He makes in our life. As we become who He has envisioned, we will become a clearer piece of His handiwork. May we so blessed as to have people say – “Well, you know she’s a Christian, right?” I pray that people can tell that I am the handiwork of the Lord.
The product of handiwork – To do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
So what are we – the handiwork – supposed to do? How will people be able to tell that we are God’s creation, His masterpiece? The product of His handiwork, us, is to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. He has a purpose for your life. He has a plan. You are more than a work of art for people to look at up on the wall, you’re a living exhibit. You’re an interactive display of Christ on earth. As a Christian, each and every action/reaction we have is a reflection on our Lord. He may still be chiseling away, working on us, but we too should try to be cooperative mediums from which He can create. May we be pliable to the changes the Lord has in store so that we may live as a good reflection of the Artist who created us – God.
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My God is…Anointed Acts 10:37-38

Acts 10: 37-38 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the The Lord's Love is Lavished on usbaptism that John preached— how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power

Have you ever been anointed with oil? Our church does anointing with oil (a small cross on the forehead). Here is what they say about the anointing with oil.

“Anointing is not a sacrament like the Lord’s supper, but a physical sign accompanying prayer, much like incense used in the worship of the Israelites. In the ancient world, oil was used for medicinal purposes and for spiritual healing. The practice is described in James 5:14 (Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.), and Mark 6:13 (They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.). It marked a person as one set apart for God’s care.

The anointing of oil in Exodus 30:22-31 ( Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant calamus, 500 shekels of cassia—all according to the sanctuary shekel—and a hin of olive oil. Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. Then use it to anoint the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law, the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.

“Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests. Say to the Israelites, ‘This is to be my sacred anointing oil for the generations to come.) had a similar function, marking certain items as holy, dedicated to God, indicating that it is the Lord who heals, according to His will.

Definition of ANOINT

1: to smear or rub with oil or an oily substance
2a : to apply oil to as a sacred rite especially for consecration
 b : to choose by or as if by divine election; also : to designate as if by a ritual anointment <critics anointed the author as the bright new talent>
You know how I love definitions, so I wanted to look this word “anoint” up and see what kind of depth we could find to the meaning. I did not expect to see the word smear. Weird word smear. Right up there with moist, not my favorite words. When I read this definition, I was instantly reminded of the baptism scene in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. There isn’t anything said about the anointing of oil in the scene, but I think the concept of smearing on of oil is forever smeared in my brain.

http://www.movieweb.com/dvd/DV3Eg969ePHe63/the-baptism

to choose by or as if by divine election

So with the definitions above, it is probably the final definition that fits most with Jesus being anointed by God. I like the richness of having all of the definitions though, because the idea that Jesus got the Holy Spirit smeared on Him, makes me think that He had the power of the Holy Spirit lavished on Him. Not just a little, but a lot, all He needed.

We too are anointed

As believers, we have been lavished by God. Anointed in a sense. It reminds me of 1 John 3;1-3, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”

We are set apart to do good works in Him, to purify ourselves, but mostly to live focused on Him. Putting God at the center of all we do. I love the word lavished, it’s decadent really. It’s not just giving a little, it’s putting on more than is necessary. Have you ever put on lotion and tried to rub it in only to realize you have too much. You hope to find someone else to smear some on. That’s how God’s love (and anointing is). We get so much love and setting apart from God, that we want to spread it and share it with those around us. We’ve got too much love from the Lord not to share it. Smear someone with God’s love. (Still a weird word)

Have you smeared someone today?

 

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2013 in My God is Anointed

 

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