Your Morning Coffee 08/23/2022


Good morning!


Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father ground us in the steadying assurance that we belong to him. Father, we are yours to do with as you please. And it pleases you to love us! Lead us deeper and deeper into an understanding of who you are. Father in the name of your son Jesus and by the power of the Spirit, reveal yourself to us today, who you are, what you want, and who we are as those you have claimed and redeemed. Help us to know you better, and return your love through our obedience to your word.


Your Morning Song: "I Am Yours" by Needtobreathe


Your Morning Scripture: Romans 14:8


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.


"...we are the Lord's."


If you can read this, understand what it is saying, and not have a problem with it, I would very much like to hear why.


"...we are the Lord's."


From Disney movies to TV commercials and beyond, our current world as a choir sings a near constant chorus of "me, myself, and I" before all things. We are, each of us, encouraged to be the center of our own universe. And for those of us who've lived enough life, we know that our hearts quiver and ache to answer such a carrion call with, "yes! Me! Me! Me!"


But...


"...we are the Lord's."


There is an important distinction here that we who are claimed by Christ must remember daily. That if we do not daily, intentinonally embrace God's claim on us, his ownership of us, his rule over us, then our hearts and minds will drift ever further away from him and towards our own desires.


We are God's children. God's creation. God's captives. We belong to God.


What areas of my life do I withhold from him? What rooms in the house of me have hastily made signs taped to their doors with, "STAY OUT!" What parts of me have I kept for me? Do I act like God owns me? Or is it just a Sunday morning show? How much do I allow God to tell me how to live my life? Am I living in open foolishness and sin, justifying myself instead of repenting and making real, God-pleasing changes? Do my reasons for my life choices match scripture? Or do they match sit-coms?


We ought to wrestle with God's ownership of our lives. It shouldn't feel completely good. Some of it should sting, should confuse, should frustrate, should chafe.


We belong to God. Do we act like it? Or do we do what we want and mistake God's grace over us as him condoning our foolishness?


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