23 Dec The Owner Vs. The Hired Hand
My wife was standing in a line at a customer service desk. There were two people behind the counter. One woman was helping someone when the other looked up and said, “I’m not ignoring you. I’m leaving.” I think that is a form of ignoring. Nevertheless, during the discussion that ensued we commented on the difference in service one gets from a person who owns a business and from a hired hand. I like it when I am doing business with an owner. Which brings me to the Owner of this world. I like doing business with Him. He is attentive and responsive. He really cares about what is happening.
Despite the rebellion in Eden, God has always maintained His ownership. Notice Psalm 50. “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.” Also there is a wonderful passage in Job 38 when God asked Job a host of questions about the heavens and the earth. God definitely has not relinquished His claim.
In John 10 Jesus speaks of us being His sheep and knowing His voice. He loves to have us be His. And when we are, He takes excellent care of us. When we go astray He will go out into the night to search for us. He already risked all and paid all to have us. In His parable of the pearl of great price, we are the pearl. He paid an enormous fee to claim us as His own. I hope you feel loved because you are both loved and cared for by the Owner.
Written by Roger Bothwell on September 8, 2008.
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