“Skit Guys Studios” has a video on the Worship House Media site called “God’s Chisel.” The video features a man named Tommy as he meets God and goes through a period of questions, doubts and true confessions of his life, his secrets and his innermost personal thoughts. And yet, here’s God, chiseling and taking away what doesn’t belong in his life. The man playing the role of God is trying to “chisel” and remove parts of the man’s old pieces and old parts in order to make him into the image that God so truly designed. The man also admits that he really didn’t like the kind of person he was. He didn’t like to look himself in the mirror because it reminded him over and over again of that original lie he believed in…that he was junk.
It was during this video you see a man who admits that he’s broken. At first, he denies the idea that he even needs chiseling done. He even begins to suggest that he and God take a brake from one another because he sees himself as okay or compliant. The deeper the chiseling project goes, the deeper the man get’s into realizing that God wanted more then just words or commentary on how bad he was, but a genuine understanding from the man that he truly believed that he was “God’s Original Masterpiece.”
The skit guys based their video on the text Ephesians 2:10, which reads “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (NKJV).”
Confession time…I have also been there. In fact, I’m still there. I stand before you, or, in this case, blog right here before you to tell you that I am a man whose still being chiseled. I’m 27 and some of the issues of my childhood that I never bothered to let go are being chiseled off. The physical, spiritual and mental pains that I endured are still being chiseled into something that God can use for His glory. The things that I think and believe about the world are still being chiseled and taken down.
A lot of times I even tried to do it by myself. I tried applying to job after job, and was turned down. I would blame God for me not getting that position. God didn’t even tell me to go after it in the first place, but, somehow, it was His fault. I would try and take on a task or an idea that I thought was dynamite! Yeah, “I” thought. It wasn’t God’s idea! And then, when it failed, I blamed Him.
I got upset. I got mad. I got depressed. It was because “I” wasn’t looking at “God’s” image and design plan. And that wasn’t too long ago.
In the midst of trying to discover my ultimate vocation, there was a period in my life that I over-admired the works of others in my creative field. I sat there and dreamed of their life, their work and me being in their shoes. This was also during a period of my life that I wanted so badly to realize what God purposed for me as far as my vocation or calling goes.
I spent several years wondering if I was just, as the man in the video said, “junk,” if I was just an extra in a movie that I desperately wanted to star in.
I realized later that I was looking in the wrong places. Ephesians 2:10 sums it up powerfully! We are God’s “workmanship,” or masterpiece. We mean so much to God that He’s not going to let us go without an opportunity to let Him mold and shape us as the men and women of God we are called to be. “We were created in Christ Jesus to do good work,” and “God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” That means that not only does God gives us great value, but He also has work that’s already laid out for those of us who are in Christ Jesus. So, why worry!? Why worry about my destination, my future or anything for that matter!? Why see myself in a negative light now!?
Not only does God see you as a beautiful, valuable, awesome and important creation, but He also has a plan.
Because I realized Ephesians 2:10, I not only recognized my value in Christ but also my vocation!