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God’s Masterpiece
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Michelangelo’s David is one of the most recognizable sculptures in the world.

The block of marble Michelangelo used to carve David had been rejected by some of the world’s best sculptors because of the numerous veins running through it. They deemed it flawed and unusable. The stone could easily fracture making the work almost impossible to complete. There was very little room for error and no way to know if the marble beneath was pure white or if a dark and damaging vein hid under the surface.

By the time Michelangelo received the marble block, it was already awkwardly misshaped – tall, narrow, and angled slightly to one side. However, the master Michelangelo not only overcame those problems, he actually utilized 85% of the original stone slab to create a masterpiece.

God Sees Potential

I envision all of us broken by sorrows, and trampled by the unfairness of this world as God’s masterpieces. God sees potential in us. We have cracks, and even though we’re rejected because we don’t have the experience for a job, the looks for a magazine, or the height of basketball player, God is able to take us, if we allow Him to, and make us fit for His Kingdom.

Someone shared a story they heard of a couple who, unable to have a child of their own, adopted a one. After the adoption, the lady became pregnant and gave birth to their biological child. One day while entertaining a visitor, the guest asked, “Which one of them is adopted?” The lady simply smiled and said, “I forget.”

“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:5).

Our heavenly Father has adopted all of us who call on Jesus’ name. We may be flawed from choices we made in life, unusable, or we may be broken, but in the Master’s hands we are a masterpiece.

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