Are You an 'Own'?
"My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no
one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, ... no one can snatch them out of My
Father's hand."
(1)   Christ takes care of His 'own' the Father has given unto Him.  What a blessed favor to be one of
Christ's 'own' that will receive eternal life, never perish and no one can pluck from His hand. Until we without fault
believe "God is able"
(2)  to take care of His own then the substance of our hopes and the evidence of our dreams only
dissolve into chance probabilities. How often we focus on the shifting sands of our worldly existence neglecting to
declare 'the Rock' of our foundation as unmovable albeit great trembling may come.
(3)   The Book of Hebrews tells us
that God has scheduled a second great shaking to come and "
those things which cannot be shaken may remain"(4)  i.e.,
the eternal kingdom to which Christians belong
(v. 28).   God being perched on the rim of time is about to bring His
shaking  ... 'Christ's own'
(5)  should have no trepidation nor fear of being displaced or even moved for we are truly
secure in the hollow of His hand. To be an
'own' of Christ is to have the divine assurance that your name is indelibly
inscribed in the "Lamb's book of Life".
(6)   One of the greatest quandaries in the Christian's walk is one's ability at times
to perceive those who have been called to Christ, yet watch as they refuse to be "
owned" by Him.  Rather, they subject
themselves to worldly servitudes and thralldoms, sell off their inheritance for temporary gratifications and seem to be
blithely engaged in the pursuit of the moment apparently oblivious to 'the matter of eternity'.
"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed,
you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the
redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory."
(7)    To be included 'in Christ' and 'sealed with
a promise' is one scriptural definition of being
"owned by Him".  Ownership here is not as chattel, rather reflects the
price that Christ willingly paid to redeem the likes of you and me from the talons of unrighteousness ... from which we
could not free ourselves no matter how tenaciously we would try.  We should be persuaded that as one of His we enter
into His purpose. So often our prayer life is directed towards attempting to coerce, if not decree, God into our'
purposes', rather than seeking His plan for our life and His Kingdom purpose.. God's
purpose/plan is unambiguously set
out in Eph.
1:10-11, i.e., that "He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which
are on earth; even in Him:"
(8)   As one of His, each believer and the church need to remind themselves each and every day
that they are 'sealed' and 'delivered' unto His Kingdom and Eternal purpose. Once fully knowing one's place in Christ,
that which we believe and therefore speak
(9)  need also to be unambiguous and an encouragement to others, saved and
Individuals in the Body-of-Christ, and in certain ways the Body itself, have allowed themselves to be 'owned' by many of
the worlds appetites, indulgences and/or enticements for self expression and acquisition of terra firma treasures. If there
ever was a time for believers (and many corporate bodies) to redeem their time, spiritual energies, attention to God's
purposes and willingness to 'owned' by Him, for Him and through Him it is in these latter days. If we believe that God
finished the end before He began the beginning, then not only does He know all things, but He also knows if we have
genuinely placed our souls, spirits, bodies and lives under His banner.  Let us preach reigning in Christ to those that
continue to run from His call so they might enter His courts and Kingdom. To be an 'own' one must through the power
of the Holy Spirit be gathered
all together under Christ and seek God's purpose and not one's own resolve.  Today, take
an inventory of your life and determine if what you believe you own is worthy of  being owned by Christ .... Christ's
ownership of His disciples is the "ne plus ultra" of belonging to the Kingdom of Heaven, especially in these end-time days.

Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
(1) [John 10:27-29] (2) [2 Cor. 9:8] (3) [Luke 6:48] (4) [Heb. 12:26-28] (5) [John Chpt. 17] (6) [Rev. 3:5] (7) [Eph. 1:13-14] (8) [Eph. 1:10-11] (9) [2Cor. 4:13]
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