In the art world, the term provenance refers to the history of ownership of a work of art. Museum curators go to great lengths to determine who owned a particular piece and when. The more you know about the history of a painting and the more prominent the owners have been, the greater the value of the masterpiece.
As God’s masterpieces, we do not have to track our provenance long. Since our baptisms, we have had but one owner: God. We belong to him and we are more precious to him than the Mona Lisa.
As the Bible says,
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. —Isaiah 43:1
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. —Isaiah 49:10
So what do we do with this information? The Bible makes it clear:
For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. —1 Corinthians 6:20
All we say and do with this work of art we call our bodies must be to God’s glory. We must honor the one who crafted and designed us and who purchased us at great cost by living a life that is pleasing to him.
Think of each word and action like a divine brush stroke guided by the hand of the Master.
We may not be museum quality, but because of Christ and his cross we have a place designated for us in the halls of heaven.