Natural man has long considered himself master of his own destiny. He relies more on self and less on God. He exalts himself and is self-satisfied and self-sufficient.
The Christian rejoices, however, that he has been delivered from such self-worship. He knows if left to himself disaster would strike, sooner or later. He is glad to know that he is under new management. The failing company of his sinful life has been taken over by One whose resources are infinite.
He knows that his body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [1 Corinthians 6:19, 20]. He is not left to muddle his way through life but has the blessed, indwelling Guide to direct his faltering footsteps from earth to heaven.
When the spiritual creditors come, God Himself takes the witness stand with the unanswerable question, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” [Romans 8:33]. The believer has this great security, for he knows the bank of heaven stands behind him. He will not – nay, cannot – fail!
This new ownership brings new responsibilities to the Christian. No longer must the egotistical mine dominate, but the submissive Thine. “Thine be the glory” is the grateful song of the believer. We serve our new Master, Jesus Christ, because we love Him. We try not to have one foot in the world’s camp and the other in the Lord’s, but serve Him wholeheartedly.
Service to Christ involves sacrifice, and at all times we are to give of our best to the Master. The key to such service is love. For we will always give our best to the one we love the most. What a thrill to know that we are no longer under Satan’s control, but are servants of the loving and merciful Christ.