ACCEPTING DIVINE OWNERSHIP
From my own experience, I doubt we think much about divine ownership. Our default way of thinking is that we are in control of our own lives and rarely submit to a higher authority. Paul did not think that way. When he wrote to a young church about having moral backbone in dealing with immorality, he said, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So, glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). That is divine ownership!
To one of his disciples, Paul reminds Titus to remind those in Crete that Jesus Christ “gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14). This brings me to my final quote from G. D. Watson:
“Settle it then, that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hands, or closing your eyes, in ways that He does not seem to use with others. Now when you are so possessed with the living God that your secret heart becomes pleased and delighted with this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, then you will have entered the very vestibule of heaven itself.”
This is the kind of ownership I want for you. Others may resist such total control of the Holy Spirit over every aspect of their lives, but it is the only way God will and wants to use you in finishing the task of preaching the gospel to every people group. DO NOT ASK HOW. ONLY SUBMIT to HIS OWNERSHIP. In His presence, He will show you the “how” as you submit.
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