Mia: Now, what did you want to tell me?
Queen Clarisse Renaldi: Something that, I think, will have a very big impact upon your life.
Mia: I already have braces.
Queen Clarisse Renaldi: No, it’s bigger than orthodontia.
If you have seen the movie The Princess Diaries, then you will know where this conversation is headed…Queen Clarisse Renaldi, Mia Thermopolis’ grandmother, is about to inform her that there is more to Mia’s identity than she is currently aware of.
Queen Clarisse Renaldi: You are princess of Genovia.
Mia: Me, a princess? Shut…up!
As you can imagine, this was not news that a “normal” tenth grader from San Francisco was expecting to hear! Talk about an identity crisis!
Mia: YOU TRY LIVING FOR FIFTEEN YEARS THINKING THAT YOU’RE ONE PERSON, AND THEN IN FIVE MINUTES, YOU FIND OUT YOU’RE A PRINCESS!
Can you imagine that revelation happening to you? How crazy would that be?! How do you think that would impact your day-to-day life? How do you think that would change the way you view yourself and your purpose? What if I told you that, like Mia, sometimes we as Christians are shortsighted when it comes to our true identity and our heavenly destiny. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” The apostle Paul is reminding us and reassuring us that our identity is found in Christ Jesus first and foremost, that He created us uniquely, and that our individual uniqueness is of value for a divine, heavenly purpose.
We Are God’s Masterpieces
Ladies, are you picking up what God is putting down here? You are God’s masterpiece! Merriam-Webster defines the word “masterpiece” as “a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship; an artist’s best piece of work”. Wow! (I’ll say it backwards. Wow!) You are God’s best piece of work! You are unique and one of a kind. You were thought about by the God of the Universe and carefully planned. You are not the product of an assembly line, but you were handled with care and fashioned by the Master Artist Himself. You have your Creator’s fingerprints and His signature all over you! God is pleased with the way He designed you.
Knowing this should rock us to the core and change our view of ourselves. Not in a vain sort of way…like all we do is take selfies #masterpiece. But, this realization should cause us to be content with the person God made us to be. We should be content in our own skin knowing that our personalities, our looks, our circumstances, our interests, our talents…all of those things were given to us for a purpose and were carefully premeditated by God Himself! God wants His one-of-a-kind artwork on display to shine for Him like only you can! You are more valuable than a rare jewel or ancient artifact.
Our Value Is Found in Jesus Christ
What do you think makes something valuable? An object is only as valuable as how much someone is willing to pay for it. Verse 10 tells us, “He has created us anew in Christ Jesus…” So, how do we know we are valuable? Because God paid the ultimate price for us (His masterpieces). He sent Jesus, His only Son, to restore our relationship with Him and to die on a cross meant for us.
When we become a disciple of Christ, we become a new creation through salvation. We were blind, but now we see. We were lost, but now we are found. We were dead, but now we are alive. The old girl is gone; the new girl has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). Ephesians 2:4-6 says, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the surpassing riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
For Mia, being a princess had nothing to do with what she did but had everything to do with who her father was. In the same way, being a princess has nothing to do with what we have done or deserve, but it has everything to do with who our Heavenly Father is. God says in verse 6 He has “raised us up.. and seated us” with His own Son. Knowing the value and the worth that the King of Kings has placed on us, how can we not feel like a princess? How can we not fall more in love with Jesus for what He has done for us? How can we not want to use our lives for His glory?
For me, knowing my value to the Father has given me so much peace and security. I know that I don’t have to perform or live up to a certain standard to receive His affection. His kindness toward the ones He calls His own is never ending. One morning before school, my Grandad invited me over for breakfast. He would make the best homemade biscuits you have ever tasted! I walked in, and the first thing I noticed were these beautiful red flowers in a small vase on the table. I said “Wow, Grandad, these are absolutely gorgeous!” He smiled and responded, “Sarah, I prayed that God would send me some flowers for you this morning, and I looked out my window, and these had popped up in my yard over night! Jesus and I both love you so much.” I was just blown away by Jesus’s love and kindness. I’ve never felt more like a princess than I did in that moment. He never ceases to remind us how much we are worth to Him.
Our Purpose Is Planned by God
Because of Jesus’s sacrifice, we now have a greater calling on our lives. The end of verse 10 says, “He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Our purpose because of our identity in Christ is to use our unique lives to work toward the advancement of the heavenly Kingdom in the name of Jesus. It’s an amazing thing that we as the creation get to work with our Creator toward something bigger than ourselves.
Now, it is our job as daughters/princesses of the King to walk in this light! Walk in the revelation of your true identity and your true purpose! Like Mia in The Princess Diaries, this news should change our view of who we are meant to be. It should change us and shape our lives. So whenever you are discouraged or feel like you don’t know what your purpose is, remember that God in His great love for you has a plan. He created good works that He prepared beforehand, before you were even born, that you should walk in them (verse 10). That is your destiny! In God’s eyes because of His Son, you are priceless and unique, and He has a job for you to do for His kingdom!
Jesus, You are the master artist! Jesus, I thank You for these amazing young women and their heart for You. You were thinking about their destiny before they were even born, and You made good works for them to do for Your glory! I pray that they will embrace that calling, live wholeheartedly for You, and look to You to give them their marching orders. We love You, Lord.