That I May Be His Own
Read: St. Matthew 5:13-16
You are not your own; you were bought with a price, so glorify God in your body.
I Corinthians 6:19-20
We are sometimes inclined to think of the Christian faith as purely negative. Christ has redeemed us from sin, death, and the power of the devil, we say. We are right, but that is not all there is to our religion. Christ has saved us not only from something, He has saved us for something.
He has purchased us for Himself. Martin Luther describes this purchase in his explanation of the Second Article of the Apostles’’ Creed when he says:
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sin, from death, and from the power of the devil…that I may be His own, and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.
Are we always conscious of whose own we are? God tells us that we are not our own, but that we are His by virtue of the price which His Son has paid for us. Do we live in the full awareness of the ownership? Do we think, speak, dress, and behave ourselves as people whom Christ has bought? Do we “bear in our bodies the marks of the Lord Jesus?” Do we reflect credit on our Divine Owner? He expects us to.
Holy Week is a good time to deepen our awareness of our belonging to the Lenten Lamb by the right of purchase, by the right of ownership.
Thy life was given for me, Thy blood, O Lord, was shed,
That I might ransomed be, And quickened from the dead.
Thou gavest Thyself for me; I give myself to Thee.
How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.