Michelangelo, the famous Italian sculptor, stared pensively at the shapeless block of marble.

Gouges bore evidence of previously unsuccessful attempts to create a worthy representation of David, the Biblical hero known for his courage in the face of the indomitable Goliath.

Slowly, the master circled the rough-cut mass of stone.

“A masterpiece lies hidden inside,” he muttered. “I must find it and reveal it for the world to see!”

Michelangelo chipped at the massive boulder.

With each skilful cut of his chisel, the indistinct mass took shape. Each deft stroke exposed increasing genius and magnificence.

Gradually, the youthful David emerged, a stirring masterpiece by the hand of the master.

What was Michelangelo’s secret?

When other artists saw only a common stone, like innumerable others hewn from the quarry, Michelangelo saw a unique masterpiece!

When others labored with tedious chiselling at a shapeless mass, Michelangelo patiently searched out the lines and curves that gave shape to the unseen masterpiece!

His was a synergy of the Creator’s inspiration, the sculptor’s creativity and the distinctive qualities of the marble.

God sees something in you that no one else does—not even you! He is determined that the world see your unique magnificence! Embrace His hammer and chisel.

“For we are God’s masterpiece, the creation of His genius handcrafted for greatness in Christ Jesus, transformed and ready to accomplish the good purpose which God saw in us before He began to chisel and shape the unique lines of our character and nature which so uniquely and magnificently represent His own.” (Ephesians 2:10 paraphrased)

Trust the genius and skill of the Master.