God Owns Me
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (Genesis 1:1)
Virtually anyone who has any Christian upbringing at all has heard the very first verse of the Bible. And anyone who claims to be a Christian accepts the truth it teaches, that God created us! But how many of you have ever sat down to think just how that fact affects how you live and act every day?
Anytime a person creates something, he has a purpose for that creation. For example, your mom never just goes into the kitchen and starts throwing together some flour, sugar, and milk without having something very specific in mind that she plans to create with those ingredients. A potter never begins spinning her wheel until she knows what she wants to mold that clay into. And a carpenter never begins cutting up a new shipment of lumber into an odd assortment of shapes and sizes until he has some idea of the type of furniture he plans to build. God did not just create you on a whim with no design for you. Instead, when God created you, He had a very specific purpose in mind for you.
Since God created you for a purpose, He has a right to demand that you fulfill that purpose. Back to the illustration of the potter: If you were the one who purchased the clay, took the time and effort to spin the wheel, and used your skill to carefully shape the clay into a ceramic bowl, you would then be the owner of that bowl. You would have every right to decide whether it ought to be used for your morning cereal, or to hold a potted plant! Because God created you, He owns you and has every right to decide your purpose. But you do not have to wonder what that purpose is. Scripture identifies that purpose for you: God called you to salvation even before He created you. Why did He? "That we should be to the praise of His glory." (Ephesians 1:12)
God owns me and has the right to demand that I act in a way that brings glory to Him.
» Have I been acting today in a way that gives God the glory He deserves as my Creator and Owner?
Truth In Real Life
“Don’t rely too much on labels, for too often they are fables.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, often called “C.H.” Spurgeon, is known as the most famous British Baptist preacher in Christian history. Born on June 19, 1834, he has often been called “the Apostle Paul of his generation.” Remarkably, he was never taught to preach, yet he became the most popular preacher in all of London.
At age 15, he was walking home, when the sky above him suddenly opened into a terrible snowstorm. Looking for somewhere to stay warm until the storm passed, he ducked into a church building where a service was taking place. The preacher was reading Isaiah 45:22 about looking to Jesus as the substitute Lamb slain for our sins, and the simple message of it changed Charles Spurgeon’s whole worldview. God opened Spurgeon’s spiritual eyes so he could look to Jesus that day for salvation.
He began preaching at age 16. Soon, he was preaching to crowds of 10,000 at a time – and this was before microphones were invented! From the very beginning, Charles Spurgeon was a gifted speaker and a powerful preacher. By age 20 he had already preached over 600 times. At age 25, he built the famous Metropolitan Tabernacle which seated 5,000 for each service. Even that was not enough room, since usually 1,000 or so more people would have to stand outside the Tabernacle to listen.
People began to call Spurgeon “the Prince of Preachers,” and his sermons were published in written form like a newsletter each week. By the end of his life, he had preached more than 3,600 sermons and published over 49 books and commentaries.
He married Susannah and raised twin sons. With his family, he helped start the Pastor’s College and the Stockwell Orphanage. He often said, “I’d rather be poor in His service than rich in my own.”
What would you prefer? What would you like to be rich in – God’s service or man’s wealth?
Isaiah 45:22 – “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.”