We are God’s handiwork, didn’t you know?
It saddens me to realize so many of our youth, having been taught in (so called) Institutions of Higher Learning (mainly secular), find they: have nothing to hope for, cannot see anything of worth in their future, and would take their own lives in their hands- with the knowledge they’ve been given (accepted) as a basis for their conclusion. This is why suicide rates are climbing… and this will not soon diminish unless they are told the truth! It would seem the studies of man: Philosophy, Sports and Fitness Studies and even Religions of the World… do not hold the answers needed to inspire the youth of today with the knowledge they have: value, worth and are treasured by God.
[Below is a link to The Pew Research Center with an argument neither liberal or conservative… but Biblical.]
Here is a link with the truest current statistics on ‘teen suicide‘ as it is known.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
To realize God calls us His poems, humans poems… imagine that, and He is not done with us. Why then would we, so casually, throw it all away? God says destroy not… in the beginning of Psalms 57-59 and in 75 (The Book of Psalms is a sizable collection of musical poems and prayers of diverse authorship and form). Do you recall scripture saying from the furnace of tribulation (trouble) we shall come forth like pure gold? This found in Isaiah 48:10. In Ephesians 2:10 we find ‘handiwork’ or ‘masterpiece’ and it was first written in Greek (due to the New Testament being written in the Hellenistic period). In Greek the word masterpiece is ‘poiema’- where we get the word poem from.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
To understand the depth of Hebrew poetry, not confined to sounds or meanings or rhythm but grouped more by the expression of ideas (parallelism), is to view the height and breadth of God- contrasted to the meaning and importance of life itself being immeasurable and infinite. From C. Caverno (in abstract and from here) is this,”That ethical intent and purpose is masterly. You may look through a whole pantheon of Greek gods and meet not a trace of the force concentrated in the Puritan. He is forceful because right makes might. He is in the majority because he knows Who is with him. He is conscious of power because he has subdued the kingdom within. He has won the greatest of all victories–self-control.” An example of Hebrew poetry… “I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.”
Since it took Jesus to die for our sins, to live is to see those without Him are in peril of the loss of their soul Jesus would save. This is God’s plan… to include you too! God only made one ‘You’ and you should endeavor to become the best you can to show His glory is real- His love is true!
Ephesians 5:14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”