we are not our own

If we are not our own, but the Lord’s, it is clear to what purpose all our deeds must be directed.  We are not our own, therefore neither our reason nor our will should guide us in our thoughts or actions.  We are not our own, therefore we should not seek what is only expedient to the flesh.  We are not our own, therefore let us forget ourselves and our own interests as far as possible. 
     We are God’s own; to him, therefore, let us live and die.  We are God’s own; therefore let his wisdom and will dominate all our actions.  We are God’s own; therefore let every part of our existence be directed towards him as our only legitimate goal.

I found these words by John Calvin quoted in a book called DISCONNECTED: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World (by Chap & Dee Clark).  They were used to share the idea that the primary role of parents is to represent God as they care for His children.  As someone who works with teenagers through the church, I am committed to this role as well.  Yet I fully believe that this role does not only apply to how we relate to young people but to everyone with whom we connect. 

And so the challenge comes.  If we believe that we are God’s creation, designed for His glory and His purpose, and if we believe the words of 1 Corinthians 6:20-21 . . . You are not your own; you were bought at a price, then EVERY area of our life should be surrendered to representing God well.  Easier said than done, I think.

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~ by kentuckyfaithful on September 7, 2008.

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