David by Michelangelo, one of the most famous and respected sculptures of the ancient world, has an interesting fact: the block of marble it was sculpted from, was unwanted by numerous other sculptors. Michelangelo recognized the marble block’s potential, and with it created a masterpiece!
Unfortunately, blocks of marble aren’t the only things in this world that are unwanted. Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and American inventor, was also unwanted. His birth mother and biological father were in a relationship that was not approved of by their families. She almost had an abortion, but decided not to and put the baby up for adoption instead. Imagine if Steve Jobs would not have been born.
Steve Jobs wasn’t the only one. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Elvis was told by the Grand Ole Opry’s concert hall manager that he was better off returning to driving trucks. The headmaster of a secondary school wrote of one student, “he will never amount to anything.” That student was Albert Einstein.
Have you ever felt like you were unwanted? Have you ever been cast out; forgotten; ignored? Have you ever been the one telling yourself that you are no good? If you have, you are not alone. We have all experienced rejection. We live in a fallen world, with fallen people.
Don’t fret, you are NOT unwanted. In fact, not only are you not unwanted, but you are wanted by the most powerful, wonderful, loving being in all the universe: God! In Ephesians 2:10, we are told that “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 word ‘masterpiece’ in Greek is ‘poema’, which is where we get our word ‘poem’. God created a beautiful poem, a magnificent work of art when He created you.
Satan knows all of this. He knows that God created you out of love and for a grand purpose. He is a liar and a thief, and so he will try and steal your joy and tell you that it’s because you’re unwanted. John 8:44 says that “he was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” We must understand that anything that we hear, feel, or believe that is against God’s Word, is not the truth.
James 4:7 teaches us to “resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” In order to resist the devil, it is important to know scripture. That is why we are told to meditate on the word and bind it on our hearts.
As we read His Word and build up an arsenal of scripture to fight off the enemy, always remember that Jesus died for us. One only fights and sacrifices oneself for what they consider valuable. You are valuable. You are wanted. You are a masterpiece in the making.
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” — 2 Corinthians 3:18