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"Jesus, I’m Yours."


"In Psalm 22:10 we read these words: "I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother's womb You have been My God."


In the simplest terms the poet was saying, "I am Yours and You are mine."


How precious! How reassuring! How powerful! How pregnant with purpose!


When I was a young teenager, I didn't always necessarily have the best perspective concerning who my father was and what he was like. He had been my hero in many ways from the time I was very small. He is so today. But as all other fathers, he is not a perfect man. And as my ego grew, so too did my rebellion against his authority. So I chose to see the bad instead of the good and emphasized it disproportionally. As a young teenager, I began to admire him less and criticize him more. The criticism was subtle and subversive. (Thankfully, open and overt resistance would not have been tolerated).


In one of my brasher moments, I asked my mother why she loved Daddy. She didn't pause or hesitate in the least. She answered mater-of-factly, "Because he's mine." And that was it.


Brilliant!


Not that she couldn't have told me specific things she liked about him; things she admired; precious memories they had made together, etc. But the foundation of their love was “that safe sense of belonging.” Fundamentally, there relationship was based on an understanding and spirit which is best expressed in these terms: “I am his, and he is mine.” It's a thought the dark Shulamite expressed romantically in The Song of Solomon 2:16 & 6:3.


My mother loved my father, and vice versa, because they trusted each other. In fact, they had entrusted their very life and existence into each other’s very being. They had purposefully tied themselves together with so many practical bonds that the idea of separating the two seemed (to me) to be beyond the realm of possibility.

The most basic key to any successful relationship is trust. Marriages fall apart due to broken trust. Friendships fail as a result of broken trust. Nations go to war because of broken trust. Businesses go bankrupt if they are not trustworthy.

God’s interactions with Adam and Eve were built on trust. He warned them about what not to do, and they decided that He couldn’t be trusted. They decided that He was not good and that He did not have their best interest at heart. So they disobeyed and dishonored Him. It was “broken trust” that plunged the human race into sin and the curse.

But how about you and me and God? How about right now?

The most basic key to our salvation is a return to trusting God. When he ate of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam essentially declared his independence from God. When Christ comes to us and offers forgiveness, eternal life, the seal of His presence, and a home in heaven He lays down this same most rudimentary of conditions: we must trust Him.


Maybe it’s not obvious, but it is absolutely true nonetheless that the sincere expression, “I’m yours,” is an utterance of trust.


I love to think about the synonyms for the word trust: faith, belief, dependance, reliance, hope, confidence in, and waiting. Those who are saved, converted, regenerated, born again, redeemed (all synonyms of sorts); who receive Christ as their Savior and Lord, who escape from the clutches of Satan, who partake of the divine nature… these all BY FAITH embrace the free transaction of entrance-into-the-family-of-God; a restoration of our relationship with Him. We are again at peace with our Maker.


While we are rightfully God’s property by virtue of creation, He has given us our freedom. Of course, it is a freedom that is universally abused. And the consequence of abusing this liberty is the loss of this liberty. Now all of us are like wandering sheep. We all go astray. But, the good news is that Christ offers to us reconciliation. That’s what we get when we accept Him as Savior. Then we are His by choice. He owned us already; body, soul, and spirit. He always has and always will own everything and everybody. But what He wants is your heart. That is yours to give or keep. He wants a willing heart.


When we say to Him, “Jesus, I’m yours,” we are yielding our rights. We are surrendering our will to His will. We are giving up and giving in to whatever plan He reveals to us. We are returning to our proper place of submissive, happy trust. We are declaring that He is good and that we gladly succumb to His effort to woo us back to Himself.


In 2nd Corinthians 6:16b Paul wrote, “You are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” That is, “I am yours, and you are Mine.”


Does that describe your life and your relationship with Jesus?


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