The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
We never exhale a greater sigh of relief than in those moments when we remember we do not belong to ourselves, but rather to Another.
"What, know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (I Corinthians 6:19-20).
One owner exists in God's creation. All others are meant to serve as stewards, or caretakers of that which belongs to Him. "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof, and all they that dwell therein" (Psalm 24:1). Through our original forefather Adam, great delusion darkened the human heart regarding the peace God intended for those created in His image. Sin convinces us we belong to ourselves, demanding that we govern own existence for own own benefit. Nothing could be further from the truth, as confirmed by the inner turmoil and restlessness experienced by all who seek to own rather than steward. Our Heavenly Father rather made us to belong to Him, and to live in the light of assurance known only thereby. Indeed, to belong to the Prince of peace - and to know it - promises and provides a tranquility of the spirit that "passeth all understanding" (Philippians 4:7).
"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).
All other yokes are hard. All other burdens are heavy. This especially refers to the delusion of believing we can serve as our own owner and master. No human being is equipped for such a task. Even the most seemingly successful among us who set out as owners rather than stewards ultimately crash upon the rocks of forlorn and plaintive despair: "What was it all for?"
The Prince offers His peace to all. For the sinner who has never believed, the Lord Jesus Christ promises redeeming grace and mercy to all who will trust Him for having disregarded His rightful proprietorship and governance. For the believer tempted to worry and fear, the Prince reminds us that we belong to Him. "Thou art Mine" echoes the Voice of old, sounding with strains of peace heard from no other heart so completely and utterly devoted to the serenity of our own hearts. "The Lord will bless His people with peace" (Psalm 29:11).
Let us breathe in the blessedness of "Thou art Mine." Then let join the Psalmist in exhaling the sweet sigh of "I am Thine" (Psalm 119:94). Whatever the circumstances, conditions, and situations of our lives may be, we face them not as owners, but as stewards. Moreover, the Holy Spirit dwells within us to guide and enable our calling to faithfully serve our Owner and Master. No greater peace flows unto us, upon us, and within us than this holy realization because no other peace exists. "Thou art Mine… I am Thine." Peace.
"And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth."
Weekly Memory Verse
He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.