The term masterpiece was coined in the Middle Ages as a way to uphold standards of craftsmanship. Today, the art world doesn’t really have a definition of a masterpiece, and it permits freedom with interpretations and even contradictions in identifying masterpieces.
Personal preference certainly comes into play with regard to artwork, and many would say that the worth of a work of art comes through the value others assign and even what they are willing to pay for it. Yet, preference for art changes from one person to another as well as with individual mood, tastes and trends.
For sure, what endures is that a masterpiece still represents an artist’s greatest work regardless of the value others give it. A masterpiece still indicates a one-of-a-kind work to the artist. Even if no one else defines it as so, a masterpiece exists as such because of the value and definition the artist gives it. A masterpiece displays the artist’s best, and that best indicates what he believes to be complete and beautiful.
Do you realize that YOU are a masterpiece? 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.” We are God’s best work, and He created each one of us to be displayed in a different way.
The worth and value God gives us completes and defines us. Yet, we too often to let what others think and value based on their own preferences, mood and tastes define our worth. Value assigned by man and coming through the world’s system of thinking will always be incomplete.
Colossians 2:9-10 says, “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” The word complete in this portion of scripture means “filled up” or “filled full.” In other words, Christ fills us to overflowing.
Not only that, but the type of “complete” talked about here is not what WILL BE. It’s not an exhortation to perfection as in other parts of scripture that encourage us to grow toward perfection. This “complete” is WHAT WE ALREADY ARE because of Christ. We don’t have to do anything more in order to be accepted by God.