Thursday, February 28, 2008

Whose are You? (Part 3 in the "Check Yourself" Series)

Who do you belong to?

To some people, that's going to sound like a very weird question. After all, we live in the post-Civil War era. In America, at least, nobody owns anybody anymore.

But, that's not what I'm talking about. I'm not talking about another person owning your body, I'm asking: Who owns your soul? It's a multiple choice question with only two options:

(a) God (b) Satan

For the Christian, the easy, obvious, and beyond a shadow of a doubt answer is (a). The Bible tells us:

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." II Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)
"For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
For you
have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"
The Spirit Himself
testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,"
Romans 8:14-16 (NASB)

If you're struggling to answer, you probably fall under category (b). There's no convenient "none of the above" escape hatch. It's one or the other.

"Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son." John 3:18 (NIV)

"You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ." Romans 8:9 (NIV)

Going back to my previous entry, this is the first "Whaddaya want?" question we've all got to ask ourselves. Who do I want to belong to? Deciding not to make a decision is deciding for option (b), because that's the default (see John 3:18, above).
If you can't say right now that you belong to God, but you want to, scroll down the sidebar at the left of this page until you get to "Know Jesus" and click on the link.
If you are a Christian, you belong to God. Are you living like it? Does your walk match up to your talk? Do people know who you belong to by your actions and example?

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