“You were dead”, says Paul about the Ephesians. They were “objects of wrath”. But God, who is rich in mercy, has done something wonderful. In Christ they, and we: “are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph. 2:10).
“Workmanship” could be transliterated as “poem”. We are God’s poem or God’s masterpiece or God’s musical score. The idea of being formed into something beautiful by God is a constant refrain in Scripture: “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness” (Gen 1:26), “the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground” (Gen. 2:7), “you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Ps 139:13, “They are the shoot that I planted, the work of my hands” (Is 60:21), “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand” (Je 18:6).
To become the beautiful work of God we need to open ourselves to God’s grace. Unsurprisingly, art (poetry, painting, sculpture, music etc.) is very helpful here. Our Lenten Devotions, prepared by Rev. David Newton (available online and at the help desk) will be invaluable to this end.