Welcome to week 9, You are His Handiwork devotional! This week we are going to see that we are His Creation, His Handiwork!
A Work of His Hands
When I am making anything, no one else takes credit for my work because I am the one who made it. My workmanship isn’t always perfect but I work consistently at becoming better with each product that I make.
It’s quite a process to learn any type of skill. Charlotte Mason called them ‘handiworks’ because the hands are involved in the formation of them. Handiworks are, then, works done by the hands of the individual creator and Beloved– you are His Handiwork!
Isn’t it interesting that the bible calls the formation of us a ‘handiwork’?
It’s a beautiful analogy that God’s own hands are forming us, creating us in Christ to do good works! Day in and day out, His Hands are turning His product, holding up His fabric, adding and taking away as necessary- bringing that product to a place of good and usefulness. What a careful Artist He must be!
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
“Handiwork” in the Greek language is: G4161 (Strong) poiēma From G4160; a product, that is, fabric (literally or figuratively): – thing that is made, workmanship.
I want to draw your attention to one single thought today though- You are HIS handiwork. Made BY Him. HIS… work.
There is such a sweet invitation of rest in that statement. Here’s why:
You don’t have to “make” yourself.
You are HIS work. Your only responsibility is to allow yourself to be handled by Him and to do what you were created for. When you don’t know what you’re supposed to do, you just allow yourself to be held by Him as He works on you. Wow! You’re HIS Handiwork! The work in His Hands!
Throw off the pressure of “becoming” and allow God to work with His Hands on you.
All that is required of you is to let Him do it.
It’s a silly thought to think of a garment trying to sew itself on a sewing machine, trying to iron itself, trying to use scissors on itself because: only the seamstress can accurately accomplish those tasks and yet– isn’t that what we do in our own lives???
We pull at one section and think we have to smooth out our own wrinkles of character or mend our torn places and fix our broken hearts, and all the while God, the Creator is waiting for His handiwork to be placed back into his hands so that He can finish what He has started.
Will you let Him work on you today?
I’ve tried to work on myself for years and it’s EXHAUSTING! The truth is, I will never be able to make a better product than the Creator HimSelf!
I have determined that, as His Handiwork, I am much better off letting Him do the job. As I have allowed myself to be molded and shaped and formed by Him, a wonderful thing has transpired on the inside of me: I am at so much more rest within myself. The burden has lifted and I am no longer consumed with ‘works’ that I was never meant to do.
We can trust God to finish what He has started, and to finish it WELL sisters. He doesn’t rush His work, He is a master of it! God will be faithful to complete His Work in you!
Father, thank you for showing me that I don’t have to ‘make’ myself. I am Your Handiwork and you a master builder so I have nothing to fear. Today, I purpose in my heart to let You do your work, that I will rest in that and leave all the other pressures behind. Help me to trust You to get me to where I need to be and to make me into who I am supposed to be in Christ. Hallelujah! I entrust all of me into Your very capable Hands, In Jesus Name, Amen.
I’ll see you next week with another Reflections truth!