God Owns Our Lives!
James R. Aist
“The earth belongs to the Lord, and its fullness, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Psalms 24:1).
This is, perhaps, the most difficult matter for us to truly settle with God: God claims to have the right to do anything He wants to with every human life, anything. What I want us to do while reading this article is to seriously consider this question: Have I really made peace with God’s claim to His right to do whatever He pleases with my life, or do I stubbornly cling to the notion that my life is mine to do with as I please?
Just as we destroy our possessions if we want to, so also, God destroys even our lives if He wants to, as illustrated by the following examples:
- The law of sin and death: The wages of sin is death (eternity lived in the Lake of fire), unless God saves you;
- The flood: Sin was so pervasive that God destroyed the entire human race, except for Noah and his family, with a world-wide flood;
- Christian martyrs: For more than two millennia now, Christians who refused to deny Jesus, including all of the Apostles except John, have been murdered for their faith;
- Even Jesus was sent to give up His earthly life as a ransom for many!
These examples clearly demonstrate that God has the power to do whatever He wants to with our lives, that His sovereignty extends even to the point of our death. But does He have a right to exercise that sovereignty?
To answer this question, it is necessary to look for biblical bases for God’s sovereign right to use our lives any way He wants to. Here are two that have been found:
1) The right of creation (ownership by creation applies to all people)
- “The earth belongs to the Lord, and its fullness, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Psalms 24:1);
- “Indeed, heaven and the highest heavens belong to the Lord your God, also the earth with all that is in it” (Deuteronomy 10:14);
- “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and the earth is Yours” (1 Chronicles 29:11); and
- “Who has preceded Me that I should repay him? Everything under heaven is Mine” (Job 41:11).
2) The right of redemption (ownership by redemption applies only to those whom God saves)
- “What? Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God, and that you are not your own? You were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
- “Rather, O man, who are you to answer back to God? Shall the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does the potter not have power over the clay to make from the same lump one vessel for honor and another for dishonor” (Romans 9:21)?
- “What if God, willing to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He previously prepared for glory…” (Romans 9:22).
Note that the lives of true believers are doubly owned by God, by virtue of both creation and redemption.
Have you truly made peace with God’s sovereign right to do with your life anything that He wants to? If not, then why not? It’s just the way it is, whether we like it or not. It’s time to truly “surrender all.”