Have you ever stopped to consider all the various things we own or claim to own? For instance, I live in my house (ok, my fifth wheel camper), I drive my truck, and I smoke my pipe. I will spend my money, on my wife, in an attempt to show her my love. Now, for the record, I would never claim to own my wife (or my money), but she isn’t your wife nor his wife nor anybody else’s wife; she’s my wife. So, while I may not be implying ownership, there is still an element of possession.
Recently, while lunting (smoking one of my pipes) with the Lord, He brought to mind the idea of possession. I was considering what to write for this blog post, and I had just read brother Daniel’s guidelines for writing a guest post. In those guidelines, Daniel lets the would-be guest poster know that if he chooses to post the article on his blog (he does own it, after all), that the article would become his (Daniel’s) property.
I completely understand and support this viewpoint; I have absolutely no beef with it. I am writing this for Daniel’s blog; it should be his property. Truthfully, it is neither Daniel’s nor mine. I think we would both say that our writings are not our own; they are of the Lord. Lemme ‘splain:
We tend to take possession over things that we have no right to possess. Have you ever said, or heard someone say, “That’s not in my Bible!” As if my Bible says something differently than your Bible. Or “My God would never do that.” As if the One God would never do anything I disapprove of. It would seem we’ve come to make God in our image, wouldn’t it? “My God is a God of love and tolerance.”
No, God is a God after One thing: His life expressed on the earth. He accomplishes this through His Son, Jesus Christ. This means that everything else that is not Christ is done away with. It is destroyed. Only Christ remains. “My God doesn’t like liberals.” No, God is after One thing: His life expressed on the earth. In Christ, there is One Kingdom, and there is neither conservative nor liberal, republican nor democrat. For any and all who choose Him, guess what – God accepts them on the basis of His Son, not on your personal preference nor merit.
We are not our own, dear saints. This is not my church. He is not my personal Lord and savior. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20) “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:24) “…upon this rock I (Jesus) will build My church.” (Matthew 16:18)
And have you read 1 Corinthians 12?
12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many… 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now there are many members, but one body…
27 Now y’all are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.
Let’s end with that last thought. Now y’all are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.
Whose are we? Are we our own? Is this our body? Our church? Our life? Our work?
What if we better understood that we don’t invite Jesus into our life, but He invites us into His?
What if we better realized that we have been crucified to our life, and now we abide in His life?
What if we better saw that we don’t go to our church, but that we are His Body, His Bride, His Family, His House, and His Holy Temple?
What if we had a change of possession?