"The Bible does not say you are God's appliance; it says you are His masterpiece. Appliances get mass produced. Masterpieces get handcrafted." John Ortberg. Today we're going to talk about being God's masterpiece. Specifically how our work is masterpiece work because we are God's masterpiece.
In The Deeper Journey, Robert Mulholland says, "Union with God results in our being a person through whom God's presence touches the world with forgiving cleansing, healing, liberating and transforming grace." That is the privilege we have in our masterpiece work. Whether we are the CEO, the accountant, the mechanic, the pastor or the teacher - or any other job title, for that matter - in our masterpiece work, we have the privilege of connecting the world to God's presence by being who He created us, living out our true identity.
We need to understand this, to internalize this truth. It allows us to find our masterpiece work, the place where our life has deep meaning. Instead of being a cog in the wheel, we're stepping into our unique role as a child of the King, doing work He created specifically for each of us in the beginning.
Masterpiece work is the work God created for each of us long ago. We come to understand it as we are transformed, as we are created anew by growing deeper in our faith. When we grow deeper in our faith, moving from a transactional faith to a transformational faith, we see the world differently, including our role in the world of work. Our marketplace perspective shifts.
It stems from Ephesians 2:10.
We are God's masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus for the work he created for us long ago.
Genius work is work that you are best at. Its work that gives you satisfaction, uses your strengths, and provides good outcomes. It comes from inside you.
Masterpiece work is what you were created for. There was a creator who knit you together with specific skills, strengths and gifts. The way you are wired is not a fluke, but an intentional design by the God who loves you individually.
The difference between genius work and masterpiece work is the recognition of God’s role in creating you for this work.
Masterpiece work looks different for every person
The Deeper Journey, by Robert Mulholland Jr.