When a failed store or restaurant is taken over by a new company, one of the first things the new owners do is to alert the public that the shop is under new management, that the otherwise disappointing place is now refurbished and ready to give the best service to its customers.
We were once a failing company. Our lives were marred by sin, and any religious service we did was barren and dry. But when we came to Christ a dramatic change became apparent. We were no longer “our own” (1 Corinthians 6:20). We came under new management. The Lord has taken over our lives and a wonderful change has taken place. He cleanses out the filth, and installs a new manager of our lives, the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes old premises are bought by someone with limited resources, who can’t afford to put in place the changes needed to make the business successful. The Christian, however, is bought by the Lord God Almighty whose resources are infinite. He can make all the changes necessary to make us successful followers of Christ, people who can bear His name before the world. When He does the work, He places a mark on our lives that proclaims to the whole world that we are no longer Satan’s slaves, but are now under the Lord’s divine management.
God’s ownership of our lives carries a responsibility on our part. It is no longer the egotistical “I” that rules, but the submissive, “Thy will be done.” Our lives will be greatly greatly blessed if we work in cooperation with our new Manager. Remember, it is never profitable to fight against God.