Walking through parts of Philadelphia this month we have seen so many different styles of art; on walls, in homes, graffiti, professional murals, architecture, you name it, it’s here. Some of it dates back hundreds of years. All of it is beautiful, none of it is the same. Tonight I am struck with the reality that the way I have been viewing these art pieces is exactly how God views His children.

We are each intentionally and creatively designed by the Creator of the universe. The same artist who made the mountains and the beach made you and me. Just like the art of this world some of us are colorful and some of us are more simple. Some of God’s creation is sharp and angular and parts of it have smooth, flowing lines. Some of us paint on something new each day, layering again and again.

Some art pieces are so high up on walls and bridges that it is nearly impossible to get near them and fully experience them. Some people are so far away inside of themselves that they are nearly impossible to get close enough to understand. But, if you can get past the barriers that are around these far away art pieces then you get to see each and every brush stroke. You can feel the textures and personality that the creation possesses. You can feel the passion that the one who created it felt when they designed that art so carefully. You can sense the pride that the creator must have felt when they stepped back and saw the beauty of their creation and got to say, “I made that beautiful piece of art and I am proud of it.”

Each piece that an artist designs has a purpose, it is meant to make you feel something, to serve a purpose in the lives of the people that witness it. This purpose was envisioned long before the brush ever hit the paper. The artist knew when they first thought of that purpose that the finished project would have an incredible role in the lives that it touched and that that purpose would impact every person that got close enough to see it.

Now imagine the carefully placed colors and touches and thoroughly thought out design that good artists put into their work. I can’t even wrap my mind around the passion and love that the Creator of the universe must have had when he stitched me together and when he decided to create you.

God looks at his children, his masterpiece, his prized possession, and He says, “I made that beautiful piece of art and I am proud of it.”

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT