“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1 )
Have you seen those t-shirts and sweatshirts that say “Property of _____”? When I first say one, I had to wonder if they had actually taken it from that place/institution. But I quickly realized it was a “gimmick” for selling the shirt. Depending on what the shirt said, the wearer could pretend they were from or the property of just about any where.
In a sense we should all be wearing a t-shirt or sweatshirt like that, and it should say “Property of God.” We are God’s because the Divine created us. God stooped down to make the first human being, and we all trace our descent from Adam and Eve. (How that lineage is traced is quite another discussion.) We are also God’s property because Christ laid down his life for us. Christ paid our ransom from sin. At least that is how it is supposed to be.
But some of humanity’s t-shirts or sweatshirts may need to say something else if a member of humanity has “sold out” to evil or sinning. We may not know someone personally who seems to belong more to evil and those powers/principalities, but we have heard enough stories of such people that we know it happens. Those individuals or groups are still God’s, but they have been in collusion with the fallen Lucifer to steal what is God’s creation and put it into service for evil. And where there is evil, there is no peace.
We must remember as we go through our days that we are God’s property and ministers for the Lord’s work. Where we put our priorities and what we work for must reflect who we belong to. May you gentle reader proudly wear the garments of work and intent that proclaim who owns you. Selah!