There is none like you
For we are God’s handiwork…
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
I was recently thinking about Lenny LeBlanc’s song There is none like you, the words of which are so poignant:
There is none like You
No one else can touch my heart like You do
And I could search for all eternity Lord
And find, there is none like You
These words are based on a prayer of King David: ‘Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.’ (Psalm 86:8). As I reflected on this prayer it was the second half of the verse that caught my attention: ‘no deeds can compare with yours.’
While this verse affirms that there is no god like our God, it also exclaims that God’s deeds are the greatest. When the Jewish rabbis reflected on this verse they concluded that God’s greatest deed, or more accurately, God’s greatest creation, is humanity.
This means that we are God’s finest handiwork, for in all his creation there is none like us. The Apostle Paul used the Greek word poiema in Ephesians 2:10 which means ‘a work that has been made’ and from which some have seen a link with the English word ‘poem’. Hence The Voice translates this verse as: ‘For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus…’
Knowing that we are God’s masterpieces, that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Psalm 139:14), should give us such a positive view of who we are and of our value and worth to God.
The trouble is we so often see ourselves as a poem that doesn’t rhyme; a fine piece of porcelain that’s cracked; an oil painting that’s faded over the years – if that’s how you see yourself, don’t despair, don’t give up. Remember that you are a work in progress and that God hasn’t finished with you yet.
God is creating in you a work of unique art, and you could search for all eternity long and find there is none like you.
Father, thank you that each one of us is precious and valuable in your sight. Create in us something beautiful in Jesus, reflecting your likeness and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study by Barry Robinson
About the writer:
Barry Robinson is a Minister in Grace Communion International and Regional Pastor for Southern England.
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