We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it! Ephesians 2:10 TPT
Poetry is something beautiful that humanity has used over time to give expression of feelings. With poetry, the intensity is also placed upon ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. Of course, we all have fallen under the spell of a poem at one point or another. Thus, timeless and precious feelings have permeated into our hearts and made echoes in the deepest corner. It is, however, apparent that a single distinct meaningful element of our speech and writing, when combined with a profound feeling gives birth to a single distinct conceptual unit of language whose sole purpose is to touch every single fabric of that complicated, yet mesmerizing thing we dare to call a heart.
It nevertheless evident that words, when put together form sentences, which in turn gives structure to ideas, that shape messages. With that said, one simple message can touch and transform someone’s life. “We have become his poetry…” I just love how the Apostle Paul wants to remind us that we, who once were corpses (Eph. 2:1), have not only gained life through the sacrifice of Jesus (Eph. 2:4), but we’ve equally become God’s poetry. That is definitely a powerful declaration, a strong concept and even a transforming reality.
However, we are God’s distinct and meaningful element on Earth whose sole purpose is to bring forth an accurate yet distinct picture of the Father’s endless and timeless message of infinite love and extravagant grace towards his creation. Therefore, God’s intent for humankind is that “he does not want any to perish but all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) According to Scripture, “We are ambassadors of the Anointed One who carry the message of Christ to the world…” (2 Cor. 5:20). The big question here is thus, what’s that message? Of course, the answer is Salvation in Christ alone, fellowship with the Father, and eternity with God. With that said other questions may then arise such as, how distinct and meaningful is my life? Can people look at me and see Christ? Is my life bringing meaning to the lost, the least, and to the hurt? Well, my sincere answer to these questions is that I am still a work in progress. But in the meantime, as the Holy Spirit unfolds his transforming power in and through me, I know that I must surrender myself daily to him so that others may through my life get to observe at least the slightest image of who he is and what he does.
The scriptures say “We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfil the destiny he has given each of us…” I however particularly love that phrasing…. ‘a re-created people’, since it goes far beyond the idea of us being changed, but rather conveys the reality of us being transformed into a new being. Apparently, to create is to cause (something) to happen thanks to one’s actions. Therefore, that we’ve been re-created means that we happened to become something new due to Christ death and resurrection. This also means that our lives have become a brand new canvas in which the Artist of Artists draws with the wisdom and superb masterpiece of who is delicate but firmly utilize the colors of grace, mercy, and charity to produce a perfectly unique landscaping.
Therefore, like brand new re-creations of ourselves, we’ve been given an original plan, purpose, and destiny. Hence, abundant life is to be found where there was barrenness. Similarly, where there was no purpose, a God-given-God-appointed destiny awaits us. Recall that God once told the prophet, Jeremiah, that his plans for us are to prosper us, to give us a future, and hope (Jer. 29:11). Isn’t it amazing to know that God planned our destinies in advance? Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you to rest. And when everything is ready, I will come back and take you to myself so that you will be where I am” (John 14:2). This, therefore, implies that our destiny is to spend eternity with Jesus before the Father’s presence. Furthermore, we have a destiny that sole knowledge should produce in us a strong resolution to do those good works he pre-planned for us, not only with excellence but with love, filled with compassion, and showered with grace towards the broken. Thus, as we’ve experienced God’s first-hand grace and mercy, we should be ready to extend it to those who desperately need it.
Obviously, “We have become his poetry….. a re-created people…” This phrase should make you ask yourself some questions such as, what do these words produce in you? What resonates with your spirit when you consider the fact that you are God’s poem to a broken and lost world? Does your heart quiver to the reality that you have been re-created to fulfil God’s perfect and unique destiny for your life?