The Bare Soul - May 30, 2010
God's Ownership

The following is the message text and audio recording of a sermon titled "God's Ownership" delivered to the homeless
at the Kansas City Rescue Mission Chapel on May 27, 2010.

God's Ownership - May 27, 2010

I Corinthians 6:19 - Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

Ownership of large ticket items such as property, houses, or cars are easily taken for granted in our western civilization. Advertisements bombard consumers via all forms of media, telling us to enjoy life to the fullest and pay later. Many "WE FINANCE" auto dealers claim that all you need is a job and they will ensure your immediate credit approval. Promises of enjoying life's pleasures cause many to be drawn in by this seduction to "buy now and pay later". The fallacy of this mindset is that nothing ever gets paid off. For the self-absorbed, a new car or house will be the panacea  for the vehicle that might not be quite as shiny as a couple of years prior, or the new house one financed a few years earlier which is now showing signs of aging. For one to flash their new sports car or to welcome friends into their new 10,000 square foot home is merely an illusion for some folks. Most live beyond their means and don't truly own anything, but have become stewards for their financial institutions. As Proverbs states, the borrower becomes the lender's slave (Proverbs 22:7). Many think they own their possessions, however they are merely paying for them over and over again through interest payment, thereby creating wealth for those who truly DO own their assets.

What is often true in the material, is true in the spiritual. If most westerners have this attitude of fulfilling every desire in the present and not worrying about the future, then how much more so will they consider their most important asset? If they consider that life is to be enjoyed and the after-life is something to not concern oneself with in the present, then how will they ever understand that which they thought they owned wasn't theirs in the first place? While it is understandable that most unsaved persons know only self-indulgence without a care for God, many so-called Christians live this way under the pretense of Christianity. In our hedonistic western society, Christians are often looked at as "kooks" if they can't carry on a conversation with their worldly counterparts about the latest episode of "Sex in the City" or who will be bumped off the latest "American Idol". Beloved, if you call yourself a believer and know as much about current entertainment as unbelievers, then you might want to check where your devotion lies. Your ownership might have changed hands, or then again, may have NEVER changed hands. For truly, we all belong to one spiritual entity or the other. We either belong to God, or we belong to the devil. If we belong to God, do we shine in such a way as for all men to see our good works? (Matthew 5:16) Or, do we we shine with the effervescence of neon and marquis lights of Broadway and Hollywood? It will all depend on who truly owns us.

As stated, many have grown accustomed to owing and not taking ownership for their finances, not to mention their entire lives. In the past several years, we have seen millions in the US live well beyond their means and then walk away from their creditors when they couldn't pay. Foreclosures were rampant in 2008 as well as record numbers of auto repossessions. Once again, what is true in the material is also true in the spiritual. There are spiritual principles at work that know and understand their right of ownership. God knows His for certain, and will take possession of His own in one way or another. In both his letters, Paul spoke to the Corinthians telling them that carnal or fleshly living would only result in a life wasted and burnt up in the fire to be revealed at Christ's Judgment Seat (I Corinthians 3:12; II Corinthians 5:10). The sowing and reaping factor will be a factor not only in believers lives but also for the unbeliever, for Satan knows his rights of ownership also. There will come a day when the "Repo Man from Hell" will come knocking on the door of the heart of everyone who is not Christ's. Whomever did not heed to the Savior and His knocking will truly know the pounding and the door breaking strength of that cruel master as he takes possession of what is rightfully his. There will be no more time to accept the "installments" that Christ has already paid for this doomed life. The true owner has come for what is his and he will have it forever.

God spoke through the psalmist most poignantly in the 50th Psalm regarding His ownership here on earth: For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. (Psalm 50:10) While God may own all the cattle, He does not own all the hearts of men. However, His greatest desire is to captivate the hearts of mankind in such a way as to allow Him to take His rightful place of ownership. Christ's death purchased ALL humankind, redeeming us from the devil's cruel possession. Sadly, most will never accept Him as the Great Redeemer. Many will not know until that day when they step into eternity that they had borrowed WAY more than they could ever repay by assuming their lives were their own. If only they had trusted in the Savior. Their lives, just like all of our lives, are not our own. We have been bought with a price. A price so incalculably high that we will not understand its true cost until we too step through the veil to that place of eternity. We will know then what the "bank of heaven" spent to ensure that we might be wise stewards of this earthly tent he gave us to watch over. Beloved, the decision is ours -- to live a life that delights in seeing our true owner take rightful possession of His property. Or, to delude ourselves into believing that our lives are our own and that we will answer to none. My prayer is that we would all know and love Him who paid the supreme price for our hearts and give to Him the ownership He so greatly deserves!

Heavenly Father, thank you that we are not our own, but that your Son bought and paid for us through His blood. Help us to shine as lamps filled with Your oil, showing others that friendship with the world is broadcasting to all who truly owns our soul. Give us wisdom and revelation to know who truly possesses us and help us to snatch others away from the cruel one's clutches. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Your Barefoot Servant,

Rick

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