Mas­ter­pieces

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS - Ali­son Awuk from the Wok­ing­ham Seventh Day Ad­ven­tist Church on be­half of Churches To­gether in Wok­ing­ham

HAVE you ever made or had some­thing so mag­nif­i­cent that you cher­ish dearly? Some­thing that left you in awe of how amaz­ingly creative and blessed you are. Some­thing that you are so proud of?

Or is there some­one in your life that you think is just amaz­ing and fan­tas­tic? Some­one who you love and cher­ish so much? Some­one who is so ta­lented, that you ad­mire? Some­one who you can­not bear the thought of los­ing?

Some­times, we get so car­ried away with our am­bi­tions that we for­get to pause and take stock of how far we have come and in­deed how spe­cial, gifted and ta­lented we re­ally are.

The apos­tle Paul, in the Bi­ble de­scribes us as ‘God’s Mas­ter­piece, cre­ated anew in Christ, so that we do good things that He planed for us long ago (Eph­e­sians 2:10 New Liv­ing Trans­la­tion).

The good news for Chris­tians and those who be­lieve in God is that each one of us is cre­ated with such care, love and unique­ness - each one of us is a mas­ter­piece.

As God’s Mas­ter­piece or Work­man­ship, He ex­pects us to ful­fil the two great­est com­mand­ments: Love for God and Love for oth­ers as our­selves (Matt 26:26-40). Love is in­fec­tious and can tran­scend bar­ri­ers for race, cul­ture, language, fear, doubt and many more.

It gives us eyes that see be­yond what a per­son looks like, to how they feel and how we may help or sup­port them. It helps make our homes and com­mu­ni­ties safe and se­cure places where we can all thrive to be the best we are des­tined to be with­out fears or in­se­cu­ri­ties.

How amaz­ing life would be if we treated each other as a Mas­ter­piece, cre­ated spe­cially to do good works for our ben­e­fits and for the ben­e­fit each other!

Each one of us has the power to make that change – to make our com­mu­nity, the wider so­ci­ety and the world a more beau­ti­ful place.

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