Owned by God

Titus 2:14, [Christ] gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.

One word is most prominent in this single passage: “us.” For us, Christ gave His life to redeem us from our sins in order to make us His own possession. This us includes you. Christ gave His life for you to redeem you from your sins in order to make you His own possession. Let’s change the pronoun once more, and this time read it out loud: “Christ gave His life for me to redeem me from my sins in order to make me His own possession.”

Now that I have beat the dead horse, I hope that truth remains stuck in your head, heart, and soul like a well-written love song, for that is God’s love for you. Say it: “That is God’s love for me.” Amazing, isn’t it? If you believe in Christ, He owns you. Indeed, Christ owns all things (Matthew 28:18), even unbelievers, except Christ’s mercy owns you whereas His wrath owns unbelievers.

Whilst we want to own many things and delude ourselves into thinking we own our own bodies to the point of murdering unborn infants, we despise the idea of being owned. We equate ownership with slavery, which is not surprising considering American and European history. Yet ownership, when it is godly, is a beautiful thing, for ownership is to belong.

A husband belongs to his wife and a wife belongs to her husband; children belong to their parents and parents belong to their children; and so on. These relationships, when godly, are beautiful and complementary. It is sin that mucks it up.

If you are in Christ, you belong to God the Father and He belongs to you. This is a beautiful and blessed thing! To be owned by God in His mercy is the most wonderful thing! This is why we are zealous for good works—to bring God’s mercy into the lives of others.

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