Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Lord's

"One shall say, 'I am the LORD's...'"
(Isaiah 44:5)

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
(1 Corinthians 6:19,20)

"...Whether we live, or whether we die, we are the Lord's."
(Romans 14:8)

Isn't there great peace and joy and purpose in knowing that Jesus Christ bought us out of the slave market of sin so that we may know Him, belong to Him, and serve Him? To know that He holds us secure and will not let us go? To identify ourselves by His name and know that our Master and King will never fail or forsake us? In reading these verses the other day, I was filled with a sense of excitement as I thought about belonging to God. I also could not help but wonder: What great troubles arise when we forget the fact that we are bought out of slavery to sin by the blood of Jesus Christ and now belong to God. What a sad life in which a person lives as though he were his own master, following the desires of His flesh and forgetting the one who gave His very life for his ransom!

I wonder how different our lives would be if we more often considered ourselves as "property of God" so to speak (in these sense of the verses above.) Earthly things would take the back burner and matters of eternal value would take precedence in our lives. Hedonism and selfishness would be replaced with a desire to do God's will and please Him. I wonder how many things we would stop doing and how many things we would start doing, for His glory. For, having been bought by the blood of Jesus Christ and saved from sin, we no longer have to obey the devil; we are free to obey God, finally!! We can now live the life that God intended us to live when He created us!

It is a comfort to reflect on the character of our Master-- faithful, loving, just, true, holy, merciful , gracious-- and we are privileged to follow in His steps! As servants of God, let us not "entangle ourselves with the affairs of this life, that we may please Him who hath chosen us to be a soldier." May our lives be characterized by a joyful readiness to do His will!


Anonymous said...

Very good post, Melanie! Realizing Who our Master is and realizing that we are "dead to sin" will really help keep us from sin. We need that reminder!

Hanne-col said...

Hey, Melanie, just letting you know I've tagged you.


Rosebud said...

Very thought-provoking!