Word 4U Today

3 Cs – GOD’S CLAIMS ON YOU (1)

 

‘You are not your own’ 1 Corinthians 6:19 NKJ

 

Two people stake their claims on a house.

One says ‘this is my house’.

The other replies ‘How come?’

The first one says ‘For three reasons. I built it. I paid for it. I live in it.’

Today, tomorrow and Saturday we’re looking at three claims God has on your life.

1: Creation. (‘I built it’).

We usually think of this from the point of view that, if God made you, that means you’re designed, you’re hand-crafted into a beautiful, gifted, valuable child of His. Good. Bang on. Yes. Today though, we’re looking at it from a different angle… If God made you, that means you belong to Him.

So what?

God cares for you not just because He took a shine to you, but because He made the shine that is you.

You belong to Him, in a way that should both empower you, and also make you stop and think ‘What am I doing for Him?’ Even before we look at Jesus’ sacrifice for you (tune in tomorrow), the very fact that He created you means that ‘you are not your own… therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s’ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV)

Don’t get us wrong; this is no guilt-trip. We’re saying: if God made you, and God called you His, then He knows best what you’re for. He knows the plans, the purposes, and the abilities that He gave to you. He knows the problems that only you can solve. If you know that you belong to God, you have status, and you have purpose.

What now?

What difference does knowing that ‘you are not your own’ make to the way you will act today? Write YANYO on your phone, or somewhere you’ll see it all day. What happened?

 

Joy Ferdiz

September 19th, 2013

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