p and i decided to memorize a catechism together over the next year. we are using the new city catechism, which gives answers for both adults and children. there are also additional rescources for each of the questions/answers and it's available as an iPad app as well. check it out-it's a great resource.
Q1-What is our only hope in life and death? That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.
this simple truth-this reminder-has already worked its way into our thoughts, actions, words, and attitudes.
we are not our own. that right there is so contrary to what the world would have us believe. contrary to what my heart would have me believe.
my pleasure. my desires. my wishes and hopes and dreams. my happiness and my joy. my success. my glory. everything exists for me. i need to make the world work for me. i need to take every circumstance under my control. i need to make everything fit into a plan that allows me the most benefit. that is what the world and my own traitor-of-a-heart conspire to make me believe.
however, anyone who has breathed a breath and faced the realities of life can quickly see that there are things far out of our control. there is only so much i can do to protect me and even then, most of my control is just an illusion.
i am not my own. we are not our own. i am so thankful the truth doesn't stop there.
if it did, there would be exactly no point to continuing on or trying.
no, we are not our own...
we belong to God. body and soul. not just one or the other. i can trust that i am His physically. and i can trust that i am His spiritually.
take a minute and think about the implications of that.
our bodies belong to God. i don't know about you but that convicts me. my physical body belongs to Him. everything i do and say and hear with my body. everywhere i take my body. the way i treat my body. all of it should align with the truth that my physical body belongs to God.
sometimes...a lot of the time...most of the time i don't live this way. i don't live in the awareness of this truth. i am so thankful for a Redeemer who saves me from my ignorance and sinfulness and neglect of Him. especially in this area.
i belong to God, body and soul.
my soul has been redeemed. i rejoice and wonder at this fact multiple times every day.
"that God should love a sinner such as i, should yearn to change my sorrow into bliss...how wonderful is love like this!" (C. Bishop)
i know the depths of my soul. i know how wicked and sinful my soul can be. i know how sinfully i have acted and spoken and thought. and yet, God redeemed me.
He chose to redeem me. He wanted me to belong to Him.
that is insane to me. i cannot fathom this. and yet it is the truest thing i know.
i belong to God, body and soul.
both in life and in death.
right now. i belong to Him. He is at work in and around me every moment of every day. my life is bound up in what He is doing. my life is to be for His glory.
and yet, my status of belonging doesn't end with the grave.
in death i belong to Him. His claim on me does not end after i die. He doesn't say "well, i redeemed her and she lived her life to bring about my glory and she is no more use to me, therefore she in no longer mine."
i am His forever. or as i like to say when time seems to drag on, forever and a day. i am His even after i die. and i will still be bringing Him glory. i will still be living for Him. as His.
He has claimed me. i am His.
we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ
the One who came to earth and became one of us. walked among us. lived among us. taught us. befriended us sinners.
the One who died a brutal death on a cross. and more than the physical brutality of it, had the sins of the world placed upon Him.
the One who was buried, because that's what you do with a dead body.
the One who did not stay dead, but "got rosed" as one of my preschoolers says each week. He conquered death and God brought Him back to life.
the One who invited Thomas to touch His wounds so that he could maybe, kind of, sort of comprehend what he was seeing right in front of him.
the One who went back to heaven to prepare a place for His own.
the One who even now advocates for us and awaits the day when His Father sends Him back.
the One who saves us from our sin so that we can be not our own.
our Savior Jesus Christ. the One promised from the beginning of time. this same One claims us as His own.
it is our only hope. in life and death.
that we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.
"...You are not your own, for you were bought with a price." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
"For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die we are the Lord's." Romans 14:7-8
"I am Thine, O Lord; I have heard Thy voice, And it told Thy love to me. But I long to rise in the arms of faith, And be closer drawn to Thee. Consecrate me now to Thy service Lord, By the pow'r of grace divine. Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, And my will be lost in Thine." Fanny J. Crosby
i am no fancy theologian or seminary student, nor claim to have any special wisdom. i am an ordinary, flawed human girl. these are my thoughts and any errors are entirely mine.