Christian, you are not your own.
For a while now, God has been redefining and remolding my thoughts around this particular passage. I am not my own. I know this. I agree with it scripturally. I've surrendered my life to Christ and acknowledge His authority as my God and King. But to be honest, I think I have somewhat failed to actively consider the enormous depth and breadth His ownership encompasses past mercy, forgiveness, and hope. As usual, God has once again proven Himself much bigger and more reliable than I could conceive through the course of my restoration. Praise His Name!
You see, recently He has re-shown me something about my claim to Christianity. Something earth-shattering to the core. What is it, you ask? OK, here it goes...
Alone, left to my own opinions, devices, and desires... I am ALWAYS wrong.
Yes, you read that right. By default, I am always, ALWAYS wrong.
Now, I know you are probably thinking, "Duh, Victoria! You are a sinner saved by God's grace!" And yes, you would be correct in stating that. But allow me to elaborate a bit more...
You see, I know I am a sinner. I know that my faith in the grace of Jesus is key in being restored to God. I know this. I believe it. I strive to seek and love Him every single day because of it. But still, if I were to be totally transparent and honest about my faulty human way of thinking... I don't naturally wake up every new day with the mindset of, "Victoria, without God you are always, ALWAYS wrong." I don't attend my church or Bible study with the underlying thought, "Victoria, without God you are always, ALWAYS wrong." And, I don't converse with others, or plan my activities, or exercise, or shop, or consider the latest news topics, or use my words reminding myself, "Victoria, without God you are always, ALWAYS wrong!!!" How differently our life in Christ becomes when we choose to humbly remove ourselves from the stage of decision making and allow His audience of One to become the primary spotlight of our existence. We must be mindful to understand how our corrupt wrongness will never be righted unless we desperately seek His direction, improvement, and goodness while devotedly following His guidance.
Alone, left to our own opinions, devices, and desires... we will ALWAYS be wrong.
So, Christians... we need to NEED Jesus!
We need Him to make our decisions, to dictate our thoughts, to shepherd our steps.
We need to know God's Word thoroughly and follow through in agreement with our Master's commandments.
For without His law, we are unable to function correctly.
Without His involvement, we will never fully know the depth and breadth of God's magnificent and dearest fellowship intended for our lives.
What do I count in my life as “dear to myself”? If I have not been seized by Jesus Christ and have not surrendered myself to Him, I will consider the time I decide to give God and my own ideas of service as dear. I will also consider my own life as “dear to myself.” But Paul said he considered his life dear so that he might fulfill the ministry he had received, and he refused to use his energy on anything else. This verse shows an almost noble annoyance by Paul at being asked to consider himself. He was absolutely indifferent to any consideration other than that of fulfilling the ministry he had received. Our ordinary and reasonable service to God may actually compete against our total surrender to Him. Our reasonable work is based on the following argument which we say to ourselves, “Remember how useful you are here, and think how much value you would be in that particular type of work.” That attitude chooses our own judgment, instead of Jesus Christ, to be our guide as to where we should go and where we could be used the most. Never consider whether or not you are of use - but always consider that “you are not your own." You are His. (Oswald Chambers)
We our called to honor God with our bodies. With our whole selves. With these broken, human shells that house our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We are commanded to love Him most and fixate our eyes upon Him alone. To commit everything to Him. Why? Because in Him we are not our own.
I encourage you to sear this thought process into your thinking forevermore...
Alone, left to your own opinions, devices, and desires... you are always, ALWAYS wrong.
May we each need to NEED Jesus and devote our whole selves toward honoring His Name.
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