If He Has You . . .
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on 1 Corinthians 3:23: Ye are Christ*s.
You are His by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; His by His bloody purchase, for He counted down the price for your redemption; His by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to Him; His by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of His brethren and joint-heirs. Labour practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus. When tempted to sin, reply, I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ*s. Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin. When wealth is before you to be won by sin, say that you are Christ*s, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand fast in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ*s. Are you placed where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat stands upon your brow, and you are tempted to loiter, cry, No, I cannot stop, for I am Christ*s. If I were not purchased by blood, I might be like Issachar, crouching between two burdens; but I am Christ*s, and cannot loiter. When the siren song of pleasure would tempt you from the path of right, reply, Thy music cannot charm me; I am Christ*s. When the cause of God invites thee, give thy goods and thyself away, for thou art Christ*s. Never belie thy profession. Be thou ever one of those whose manners are Christian, whose speech is like the Nazarene, whose conduct and conversation are so redolent of heaven, that all who see you may know that you are the Saviour*s, recognizing in you His features of love and His countenance of holiness. I am a Roman! was of old a reason for integrity; far more, then, let it be your argument for holiness, I am Christ*s!
There should be no if about it. God owns us. That is not a happy fact for unbelievers. The Bible is abundantly clear that God created us and we belong to Him. A mature spiritual Christian will know that he belongs to God. He will love the fact that he belongs to God.
John 1:11: He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
1 Corinthians 6:19: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
In reality we are 100% God*s. In the mind of unbelievers they are 100% their own. An immature carnal Christian might believe that he is part God*s and part his own. The unbeliever and the carnal Christian are both wrong. They live as if they do not belong to God. They live according to a falsehood.
Romans 1:21-22: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
In 1980 a car was stolen from me. It was never recovered. It still belongs to me but I do not enjoy the benefits of owning it. The fact that I do not have access to it also made at least a temporary difference in the condition of the car. I have not been able to take care of it. I am sure it has become a rusted out hulk by now. Perhaps many of the useful parts have been stripped from it. Perhaps it has been compacted. I don*t know where it is. (God knows the whereabouts and hopeless condition of all the people who have stolen themselves from Him.)
If the car had not been stolen I could have kept it in showroom condition. It is not likely that I would have done that. I tend to wear cars out. But when God*s possessions remain in His control He improves them. When we are willingly His the person we are on the inside is none the worse for wear. The inner person is improved by our commitment to Him. He will make us perfect some day.
2 Corinthians 4:16: For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Ephesians 5:25-27: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
There are some things that rightfully belong to God that unbelievers do not willingly give Him access to. Believers should delightfully give control of those things to Him. Our hearts, lives, bodies, possessions, time and thoughts all belong to Him. Everything belongs to Him.
If He has you He will have those things. I believe God*s desire is the same as that of the Apostle Paul when he said I will not be burdensome to you: I seek not yours, but you:
2 Corinthians 12:14: Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
Let us understand that what we have is just lent to us. The more we submit to His ultimate ownership the better will be the result for Him AND for us even in this life. We ought to do our level best to give God the benefits of access to His rightful possessions.
Mark 12:30: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.