There are so many of us that would shout aloud, “I am a child of God”…”I belong to Christ.” From the devoted Christian to the not so devoted “Christian” even the not Christian at all, you know…the…”I’m not Christian, but I read my Bible and pray.” Most of us would say, I love and belong to God.
Whose am I? I am God’s.
How do we define belonging to God?
Let’s first take a look at a simple human order of ownership.
If someone created anything not under a contract (that binds them to an agreement, stating that what they have created belongs to someone else), then that creator owns what they have created. Agreed?
Now, let’s take a look at what the relationship between the creator and the created should look like.
Just for the sake of making a point…
The iPad was created for one reason; the pornographic application for the iPad was created for another reason.
Though I can’t be precise as to why the iPad was created, I hope that I simply have made the point that “nothing is created without intent.”
A creator owns and has an original purpose for that which he/she has created.
When the created does not carry out the intended purpose for which it was created, many discard it saying, “It’s of no use.”
The original purpose of what is created is not determined by the created or anyone else but the creator. Have you ever heard a curtain say, “Today, I want to be a bedspread?”
If the original purpose of the created is determined by the creator, would it be safe then to say that if the created performs according to its predetermined purpose, it is performing according to the creator’s will and desires?
So then, if we take such a position saying, “I belong to God”, we must understand that this acceptance of belonging simply flips over and is explicitly saying, “I am owned by God.”
And if we are owned, then we too are not created without intent; we too have a purpose, and our purpose is determined by God.
Every single one of us belong to God, but not all of us are children of God.
God owns us, but are we His children?
Life Through the Spirit
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co- heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
God, the creator and owner of this world, is going to judge this world, and only those who are found to be His children will remain.
Repent…turn from the deeds of the flesh to the righteousness of Jesus Christ that grace has purchased for us, and so become a child of the eternal God.