“Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.”
Psalm 4:3 (NIV)
“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.” John 17:6 (NIV)
“You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
All through Scripture, as our verses today indicate, believers are told that they are the property of their Creator. Such a truth comes with significant implications. For example, the most fundamental matter is to learn why God made us for Himself and how does He want us to spend our time and energy in life.
All of us have ownership documents for our home, vehicles, and so on. That proof of ownership means that those items are for our use before anyone else. We have prior rights to the items over any other person. Those things cannot be removed from us without our prior consent. For example, anyone who takes our car without our permission is a thief.
So, if we choose to use our abilities and strengths without asking the Lord’s permission, we become thieves. We have taken God’s property (ourselves) without His permission and used ourselves in ways He has not approved.
The apostle Paul loved calling himself a slave of Jesus Christ, and Paul has numerous references to himself in his writings using the Greek term for slave.
Dear old Isaac Watts (1674-1748) is the great father of modern verse in Christian hymnody. In his wonderful hymn, Join All the Glorious Names a verse goes as follows:
My dear almighty Lord, My conqueror and my King,
Thy scepter and Thy sword, Thy reigning grace I sing:
Thine is the power; behold I sit,
In willing bonds beneath Thy feet.
Are you satisfied today to be God’s chosen, purchased possession? Do you delight to consider yourself the property of the King of King and Lord of Lords? Are you willing to maintain this bond by consistent obedience to your God? Do you “…sit in willing bonds beneath…[His]…feet? Then seek His will in all things and determine that your life shall be lived to His praise whatever His providence allows.