In the 2005 remake “Yours, Mine and Ours” a widow and widower with large families come together to be married. In the process of the marriage conflict ensues as different personalities, quirks and parenting styles are combined into a hectic and sometimes hilarious combination. The film ends with the two families unifying and reaching some form of agreement of compromise. This message of compromise makes for a good movie and for strong interpersonal relationships, but unfortunately too often we try to take this approach into our relationship with God. Many times we approach God saying, “This area of my life is yours God, but this area of my life is mine, and this other area I am willing to share with you.” The problem though is that we have no right to barter with God over any part of our lives. I Corinthians 6:19 makes it very clear to us that “you are not your own.” There are three principles that can help us grasp this concept in our minds and lives, and affect how we respond to God’s claim on our lives.
1. The Product Principle
You and I are making things every day. Some of us make furniture out of wood, houses out of bricks, or gardens from seeds. Others create delicious meals from ingredients, beautiful pictures from paint, or a letter to a friend with words. Imagine for a second that you are in your kitchen cooking a delicious chocolate cake. When you have completed that cake, because you were the one who made it, you are allowed to do whatever you want with that cake. You can eat it all yourself, you can share it with your family, you can take it to a neighbors house, you could even feed it to the dog or throw it straight into the trash can. You can do whatever you want with that cake because you made it. Now, we need to understand that no human being is capable of creating anything. Creating is to make something out of nothing – impossible for a human to do. However, even as we make things out of existing materials, we understand that because we made that product, we have the right to do with it whatever we want. God did not just make us, He created us and the whole universe we live in.
Coossians 1:16 – For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him.
John 1:1-3 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.
Revelation 4:11 – Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou has created all things.
God created you, you are the product of His hands. He has the right to do whatever He wants with you.
2. The Purpose Principle
All around us every day we see things that were created for a specific purpose. A hammer was created to pound nails, and a screwdriver to turn screws. If you tried to use a screw driver to pound a nail (as I must admit I have done in the past), you would not be very effective. Everything we see around us has a specific purpose. At times we may be able to use an item for a purpose it was not created for, but we still understand that it was created to fulfill a specific need. You may be able to use a big screwdriver to drive a nail in if you hit the nail enough times, but we still understand that the screwdrivers main purpose is to turn screws, and that the hammer would be a more effective tool at pounding nails. You and I were created for a specific purpose as well.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 – Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
Revelation 4:11 – Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Colossians 1:16 – For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him.
God’s Word makes it very clear that we were not just created by God, but that we were created for Him. You and I were created to bring glory and pleasure to God. Now if you choose, you can try to have some other purpose in your life, like being a big shot business man, or having a half million dollar home, or being a professional athlete, but that does not in anyway change that the purpose you were created for is to glorify and please God. If you are not fulfilling your purpose, what are you good for?
3. The Purchase Principle
Imagine with me that you walked into a Dunkin Donuts, and ordered a dozen delicious glazed donuts. You pay for them, and receive your box of tasty treats. However, just as you turn to go, the lady behind the register reaches out, opens your box, grabs a donut, and before you can stop her, takes a big bite out of it. Can you imagine your outrage? If it was my box of donuts, I am pretty sure she would lose a finger or three! Why would you be so upset? You did not make those donuts, so you have no claim to them through the product principle. The donut was eaten by someone who enjoyed it, so it fulfilled the purpose principle. The reason you would be outraged is because of the purchase principle. You paid for those donuts, and because of that, you and you alone have claim to them now. Because you bought those donuts, you can eat them yourself, or share them with the lady behind the counter, or go feed them to the ducks. The choice is yours. Jesus Christ purchased you and I at the price of His own blood, and has sole claim to us now.
I Corinthians 6:19-20 – What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Titus 2:14 – Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
I Peter 1:18-19 – Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
When we were redeemed, we were literally bought by Jesus Christ, from Satan, out of the slave market of sin. Satan owned you, used you, and abused you from the moment you were born, but when Jesus Christ paid the price of His blood for you, you were bought with a price and became His. Just as you would be outraged if somebody ate your donuts without asking, so Christ is outraged when we do not live for the purpose that He bought us for – to glorify Him.
I think that it is time for all of us to examine our own lives and figure out how often we are coming to the Lord saying, “Yours, Mine, and Ours.” Let us start coming to Him instead saying, “Yours, Yours, and Yours.”