Turn almost any knickknack or toy upside down and you probably will read a sticker which says, “Made in China.” Most people sneer when it says, “Made in China.” Why? There are certain standards of quality we expect from something “Made in China” and for the most part, they do not represent excellence in craftmanship.
Many people want to turn humanity upside down and sneer at the provincial belief “Made by God.”
“If there is a God, then why is there so much pain and suffering,” they ask. One person wrestled with this question and logically responded with two options.
- Either, God was absolutely powerful but does not care about your pain and suffering,
- Or, God cares about your pain and suffering but is not powerful enough to do anything about it.
Neither of those options agrees with Scripture.
Even in man’s fallen state, the excellence of God’s craftsmanship still resounds praise for His masterful design. The brokenness is not God’s failure but man’s. Represented in Adam, humanity failed to honor God and attempted to steal His glory. The temptation was clear in the beginning, “Ye shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5)! This is man’s natural pursuit.
How does God remind man of His inferiority? “For dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return” (Genesis 3:19). Mankind pathologically runs against this reality.
He tries to defy his limitations.
He tries to erect memorials to his greatness.
He tries to offset age and amass power in order to unfurl his banner, “Invictus!”
However, we are running on the sands of time as grain by grain they swiftly pass through the neck of the hourglass to our inevitable fate. The one who cried, “Invictus,” dissolves into obscurity.
Our only hope is to be reborn. We must crucify the body of this death and put on the new man which is created in righteousness and true holiness. Once we recognize we are but dust and repent of our sinful rebellion against God, then we can receive the gift of life.
Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
If you are saved by grace, then you are God’s workmanship. You are His masterpiece. The question is this: When others see your life, do you give them the right opinion of God? When others know you are not only made by God but are currently being remade into the image of Christ, do they sneer because you blatantly fail to reflect the glory of God? Or do they see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven?