Monday, January 19, 2009
Who Ownes You
The subject of ownership is an interesting one. Ask a stranger, who owns the new car he's just stepped out of, he will say with pride it's mine. But is it really? Truth be known, it probably belongs to the bank and he is paying a monthly fee to use it. Does it really belong to the bank? As Bible believers we know everything belongs to the Lord. He is the Creator and sustainer of all things. There is Theological truth, and then there is the "Truth" we practice in daily life, what we really believe comes out in daily living. Who do we really belong to. We can only answer that question by asking ourselves "Who are we living for?" Many will, in an honest moment say they are living for self. Self interests take precedence over everything. The Lord may get some attention on Sunday Morning, or during a crisis, or illness. However in the general flow of life, He is kept in the background. Pau tells us “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:8. Abraham is an example of a man of faith who knew he belonged to the Lord, God, Almighty. God came to him and said "Follow Me." Abraham (Abram) before God changed his name, followed "Not knowing where he was going." Every place Abraham pitched his tent he built an altar. Why? Because he worshiped the Lord. Who owns us? "We are bought with a price." The Lord owns us. That means God takes responsibility for that which is His. The Lord feeds us, heals us, gives us strength, wisdom, understanding, friends, family and so much more. He is the one who smiles upon us, He lifts up our heads when we are down cast, He is our encouragement, He always loves and accepts us, He never leaves us alone. As we "Present our bodies as a living sacrifice." He accepts our offering as an reasonable act of spiritual worship. Today lets rejoice in the knowledge that we belong to Jesus.