When I was a kid, my mom taught at the same grade school I attended. Every day, while I waited for her to finish her work, I “helped” our school janitor with his daily chores. Mr. Lemkuehl let me empty trash cans, stack folding chairs, etc. To this day, I can recall seeing these words painted on the chairs, “PROPERTY OF: SPPS” (Saints Peter & Paul School). I learned then that establishing ownership was apparently an important thing!
Later, when I traveled, I would place a name tag on each piece of luggage that belonged to me. Why? Because it showed the world whose property it was. Only I, the owner, got to claim it as my own, and use it how I decided. Ownership matters.
Those were the thoughts that entered my mind as I read the following passage recently, “Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His.” (Psalm 100:3)
Sometimes we just need to be reminded – ownership matters, and we belong to God. He made us; therefore, He gets to choose the standards by which we live; He decides the number of our days; He gets to determine how we are used, etc. We are His; not our own; and not the world’s.
While that may sound like God is the winner and we’re mere puppets on His strings, let me remind you of one more benefit of ownership. Only property belonging to God gets to go home with Him. God has set aside a place in His eternal home for those who willingly choose to become His children through a saving faith in Christ.
Christian, it is God who made you – you are His, and He will take you home with Him one day! –Dave
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