I am not my own.
The Heidelberg Catechism begins with the simple notion that my only comfort can
be found in this truth – that I am not my own.
Many times I’ve read in Scripture where Paul says that I am not my own and I have
been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). This truth has allowed me to see
all that the Lord has entrusted to me. Not only am I not my own, but neither is my time.
Lately, God has been successful in interrupting my plans. Last Thursday, I set aside
40 minutes to read at a coffee shop. But God, in His goodness, decided I needed
to spend that time talking with a complete stranger who sat down at my table
when she saw I had a Bible. Even today, God decided that my one hour in between
meetings should be spent listening to a dear friend who needed to talk. God has a
bigger picture in which I am currently only seeing the inconvenient parts.
I even caught myself feeling a little envious of my friends that get to sleep in on
Sundays and go to their evening church service. Are they aware that when they go
see a late night movie on Saturday that I will be in bed several hours before they
even buy their tickets? We often view such joys as serving on Sunday mornings as
interruptions. We desire our own comfort and our children’s comfort in only going
to one service.
But as I look at these so-called “interruptions”, I see that God has purposed them
for one thing – His glory. He would rather interrupt my Sunday morning slumber,
knowing that children will get to hear the Gospel. Ultimately, He is not as concerned
with children’s naptimes or soccer games as much as He is with their spiritual
formation. What a great opportunity to teach children how to honor others above
ourselves by serving! I’m often convicted by Romans 12 in which Paul instructs us
on how to live as followers of Christ:
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one
another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Are we intentionally loving and serving the people that God has entrusted to
our care? Parents, do you model for your children how to cling to what is good?
Leaders, are you constantly in prayer for your church body? Church, do you seek
opportunities to contribute to the needs of others, within the church walls and out? I
pray we can be a people that seeks to display the genuine love of Christ to a hurt and