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Did You Sell?

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Did You Sell?

by Steve Watts

W hen someone sells an item, they know it is no longer his or hers. There are a number of descriptions used to describe just such an one who tries to "hold ownership" on an item they have sold. This can be and is true of some in the church. They sold to Christ the ownership of their life yet are unwilling to allow him the position of rightful owner.

Areas of Unyielded Ownership

A number of areas exist in which Christ is refused his rightful place of ownership. As owner, he may do as it "pleases him."

Choosing the worship of the newly purchased soul. We may not worship just any way after we become the purchased possession of Christ. Jesus commands, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matt. 15:9).

Our language is also a point he controls. "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Heb. 13:5). "But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth" (Col. 3:8). "Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks" (Eph. 5:4). "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Tim. 4:12).

After the title to our soul is his, whom may we marry? Not an unbeliever. "Be ye not un-equally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Cor. 6:14). "The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord" (1 Cor. 7:39). An unequal yoke is one that is also condemned. Parents get very disturbed when their child considers and dates a person who is not becoming to Christianity and whose way of life will destroy them spiritually. This is rightfully so, considering the child is a Christian and the parent knows Christ does not want this relationship since a soul will be dragged down and weakened. Our mate must have the Lord’s approval or we sin against His will.

Not another’s wife or husband. "The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord" (1 Cor.7:39). "So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man" (Rom. 7:3).

Not to the same sex. "And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet" (Rom. 1:27).

He even handles the avenging for wrong. "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" (Rom. 12:19). "He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints" (Rev. 13:10). The sword that Jesus conquered with was a sword of love and forgiveness. He conquered some of the very ones who said "Crucify him." Our weapons are not carnal guns, knives, tanks, missiles, etc. "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds" (2 Cor. 10:4).

May our every action of life incorporate the will of Christ in complete recognition of his total ownership of our lives. "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s" (1 Cor. 6:20). –582 Murray Kittrell Rd., Readyville, TN 37149



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