When someone is described as a “piece of work,” it’s not normally a compliment, however when Paul describes us in Ephesians 2:10 as “Gods workmanship,’ then that has a whole different meaning.
Stuart was telling me of how impressed he was on a recent visit to Causeway Coast Vineyard, by the culture of honour that he witnessed there. People not only spoke well of one another, they refused to speak negatively, even in jest. What really impressed him was their willingness, individually and corporately, to take risks. The results were impressive, not only has the church grown, they are seeing new people coming to Christ each week, they are actually affecting the culture of their town.
I was really challenged by that. Increasingly I would like to become the sort of person who values everybody as God’s workmanship, created by him for a purpose. That’s what we must strive for in St John’s, to create that ‘culture of honour’ where people feel safe and valued. A place where people are not afraid to take risks for fear of getting criticised; a place where we don’t look to find fault, but look for the good and in doing so become more like Jesus.
You are after all not ‘a piece of work,’ but you are ‘God’s workmanship.’