This is a good little book on what it means for the Christian to find his or her identity in Christ: Who Am I? by Jerry Bridges. The following section from chapter six reminds me of the Heidelberg Catechism’s first Q/A:
We speak we speak often of the Lordship of Christ over our lives. Indeed, the prayer I most often pray for our grandchildren is that they will trust Christ as their Savior and obey him as Lord. So Lordship is a good term, but we might understand it better if we sometimes spoke of Lordship for what it truly is: Christ’s ownership over our lives.
In today’s Christian culture, this is actually a radical concept, if not an out right offensive one. We regularly talk about how we may choose to give something to God. I give some of my time or my money. The clear implication of this kind of language is not only that all my possessions are my own, but that I too, belong entirely to myself, and I go through life making choices about how I will invest my time, my energy, and my resources.
The Bible has an entirely different perspective: none of these things are your own. Indeed, you are not your own. You were bought with a price, the price being the blood of the Son of God shed for your salvation. Having been purchased, you no longer belong to yourself.
I’m not suggesting that you have to ask the Lord’s permission to make every little daily decision about how to spend your time and money. No, God has given us a great deal of freedom in our decisions and choices (see for example Romans 14:1-12). But I am suggesting that probably all of us should become more thoughtful about whether our actions and decisions are pleasing to our “owner,” the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scripture says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Whatever I do, I am to do it for God’s glory. This includes all of life.
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