“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)
You. Are. Mine. Three small words that mean so much. Three small words so quickly forgotten.
We belong to our God. And yet we give ourselves to the world. We steal ourselves back from the One who gave us life, who redeemed us, and give ourselves to that brigand of the spirit.
Our lives are not our own, not anymore. Too often, our former habits and vices enslave us once more. Soon we find our hearts pulled between heaven’s hell and hell’s heaven, self-condemned by our failure yet enticed by it.
Complacency is to blame. In that complacency, our hearts develop amnesia to our Father. We pry His fingers from our spirits so that we might look around. Before we can climb back into His gentle grasp, we are beset by darkness. Lost, panicked, we run further into the gloom.
Turn around. Run back to Him. We are His. Rest in His mighty hands. We belong to the King and called to Him by name. You. Are. His.