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“Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it.”

What would you do differently today, if you knew you were a masterpiece? How would you carry yourself if you knew you were bought at a great cost? How would your thought patterns go, if you knew you were made to wear a crown? Would you let people treat you the way they are right now? What would change if you knew you were deeply loved, created as a unique masterpiece?

“Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it.”

Dr Maya Angelou.

This morning as I read this quote and posted the below picture of my all-time-favourite work of art to instagram, I felt prompted to go and search the Word for fresh revelation about being a masterpiece. As a creative, this language gets to my heart very quickly. I know from working on projects for months on end, how connected I feel to the finished outcome. How much I care for the finished work, how proud I am of it, how defensive I can get if anyone thinks to criticize it.


The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

One of the world’s most famous paintings. Fun fact: “One of the reasons behind the paintings fame is because it conveys strong feelings of hope through the bright lights of the stars shining down over the dark landscape at night.”

In my search I came across the popular scripture, Ephesians 2v10.. I began reading the many different versions; “For we are His workmanship…”

“For we are His creation-created…”

“For we are God's masterpiece…”

“For we are God's [own] handiwork… And then my personal favourite, The Passion Translation (the one for hearts) said it like this; “We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us,”

The beautiful Greek word used here is translated “poem” or “poetry.” Our lives are the beautiful poetry written by God that will speak forth all that he desires in life.

how beautiful for us think about such things. We are the product of his handiwork, in care and love he crafted us together, forming us and our destiny through creativity. We are his masterpiece. And because of this, we are worthy of a crown that has been paid for at a high price, the cost for God was sending us His only son, Jesus. The verse continued “…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 2v10

Whatever mess we have made, God is the master and the creator who is well acquainted with turing disorder of colour and form, in to something magnificent. I have seen Him do it in my own life, and I am confident in believing He will do it in yours too. God had a plan for our lives in advance, the script of our days has been written, our destiny has been mapped out. All God needs from us, is our willingness to say “yes”.

This choice of yes or no, is what ultimately determines our destiny. We have the honour of partnering with God’s original plan. And regardless if we say yes, or politely decline, our worthiness to wear the crown does not change. The crown is still ours to wear whenever we choose to.

So, do we partner with destiny? Do we put on and wear the crown He has given  us?

When I search for the answer to these questions in my own life, I easily get overwhelmed as I am presented with the other option of “striving for” or “earning” my crown. And again I have to choose to believe that my worth came before my “yes”. I am obedient because I am worthy of the crown, not because I want to earn it.

Reading the same piece of scripture again, but in the message version is where the fresh revelation came. It helped me spot the little snare of striving by reminding me that all God asks of me is to receive the shower of grace and kindness he has for me, and then posture my heart towards joyful obedience, and simply say “yes” to whatever comes next.

7-10 Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.

The pressure is off. Just wear your crown.