Belonging to God

 "The LORD's portion is His people." (Deut. 32:9) This is a verse from "Moses' song". Moses knows his life is coming to an end. The verses preceding this speak of how God divided up the peoples into nations and allotted the land. Moses now reminds the Isarelites that God has chosen this people, this nation as His own. Just as the different nations had their portion of the land, God claims this people as His portion. (See also Deut. 10:14-15)

So how are they "His"? By His own sovereign choice. He is God and He chooses as He sees fit. Nothing the Israelites did, nothing of who they were, nothing of any goodness or worthiness was cause for God to choose them as "His own". And He owes us no reason or explanation for why He chose them – or why He chose you or me to be blessed.

A question might be asked – Why did He choose 'some' and not others? I have no answer. Only God in His majesty and authority can answer that. I do believe everyone has a chance to be chosen. But even that chance is by His grace and not of our own. God has said, "I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy." (Ex. 33:19).

We are His not only by choice, but also by purchase. He has bought and paid for us by the ultimate price, thus there can be no dispute about His title. The Lord's portion has been fully redeemed to the last cent, "not…with corruptible things, as silver and gold…but with the precious blood of Christ." (1 Pet. 1:18-19) (See also 1 Cor. 6:19-20 and 7:23 and 2 Peter 2:1. Pay particular to that last verse. Even those who deny Christ belong to God as He has purchased their souls as well as those who follow Him)

We are also His by conquest. What a battle He had in us before we would be won over! How long He laid siege to our hearts! How often He sent us terms of capitulation, but we barred our gates and fenced in the walls of our hearts against Him.

Do you not remember the glorious hour when He triumphed over those battlements and won your heart. He placed His bloodstained cross against the ramparts you fixed in place and claimed Holy victory. A victory we can now share as our own.

Yes we are now His own; conquered captives of His eternal love. We were chosen, purchased, and subdued. His ownershp rights are inalienable. We rejoice in that we can never again be our own. It is our joy to praise, worship and glorify our victorious Captor.

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