God help me. I sincerely mean it. Recently, my life has been incredibly stressful, confusing, and in some cases terrifying. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve sinned my heart out some days. I’ve been “that guy” that you’d rather avoid. I’ve not been shining with the joy and light of Jesus Christ, and that is not ok. This post is a reminder to myself, but please allow it to be a reminder to you as well if you feel you need it. I need to remember, now more than ever, that God is sovereign and that I am his.
God is Sovereign
God is sovereign. Yes? No? Sometimes? What does the Bible say? Does it say that God only cares for me if I’m pursuing a college degree? Does it say that God only loves me when I’m in mission work? Does it say that God might not come through for me if I change my plans? No, it does not. It says something much different.
“Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?” Lamentations 3:37-38
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John 15:16
“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:4-6
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30
The Bible tells me that God commands the world’s every movement. It tells me that I was chosen as his child and predestined to serve and cherish him before I ever existed. It tells me that my purpose is to bear fruit for him and that he hears my prayers. It tells me that all things will work together for my good and for his glory, and that he has brought me from sin to salvation to life in him and beyond, holding my hand every step of the way and never straying from his wonderful plan for me. How do I know these things? Because a greasy old man with a book and decent facial hair told me? No. Because the Bible tells me so. Sola Scriptura!
I Am His
God chose me specifically, and I have accepted him as my Lord and Savior. This means that I am his. He owns me like a master owns a slave. This is not tragic as it would be if a man owned me. It is wonderful because it means I am in the constant service of the highest and most glorious entity of all. But he is not just glorious. He loves me personally and desires to see my life used in fulfillment of his purposes and allow me to live in eternal joy with him in his mighty kingdom. A mere man could want nothing more.
“For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.” 1 Corinthians 7:22-23
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24
“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.'” Mathew 16:24-25
The Bible tells me that I was purchased by God and that I am no longer my own person. I am his. It tells me that my physical body ought only to be used in the way he wants. It tells me that I cannot pretend to serve both worldly pleasures and God. I must choose, and the choice is clear. It tells me that I must deny myself and throw my own needs, my own securities, and my own life to the wind in order to pursue Christ. How do I know these things? Because a friend with the perfect life and the best work benefits in the field told me? No. Because the Bible tells me so. Sola Scriptura!
God is sovereign. I am his. All else is on the wayside.