Possession is an interesting thing, isn't it? If one buys a home or a car with a loan, they can claim the item as theirs. Yet, if they were to make every payment except the last one the bank would have the right to come and take back the item without giving any of the payments back even though the person paid a gross amount of interest (enough interest that far exceeds the last payment). Something seems wrong with that, doesn't it? But, that is the contract the lender and individual make with one another. So, even though we claim the item is ours, technically it belongs to the bank and if we do not live up to our end of the bargain they can take back what they invested in. On the flip side, I have also seen people sell their home and then get upset when the new homeowners make changes to the house. I've even heard statements such as, "They changed our home!" But it isn't theirs anymore, yet somehow we tend to still consider things our own even after we have passed it off and it rightfully belongs to someone else. Today, the story I am looking at shows how the feeling of the right to possession causes problems between Laban and Jacob. Please read Genesis 31:43-55.
God had told Jacob that it was time to go, and Jacob had to leave secretly because he knew Laban would try to stop him from leaving. Jacob knew that Laban would try to stake claim in what he had rightfully earned and paid for. Notice that Laban was still claiming everything was his in verse 43. It didn't matter to him that Jacob had labored for 14 years for Leah and Rebekah, and it didn't matter to him that Jacob labored another six years and earned the cattle that he had. In Laban's mind it was all his; however, he also knew that God had warned him not to harm Jacob. Instead, he made a covenant before God with Jacob never to harm each other.
This story reminded me of the fact that we have an enemy who wants to stake claim in everything God created. When you think about it, it is crazy that we could ever consider something as ours when God is the One who made it all. However, we also chose to follow our own desires and sin against God, which is why the enemy wants to claim us as his. But God, even thought He created everything, paid the greatest price to claim back what is His. He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us and pay our punishment of death for us. He rose again on the third day to show that He had victory even over death and He shares that victory with all who believe in Him. I know that many of you already know and believe that truth; however, you are still living as though you belong to the enemy. You do not have to believe his lies; you can live with your new life in Christ and fully know that you belong to Him. He paid the greatest price for you and you are His. Let the freedom of that truth transform your heart and lives so you can live like a child of God. 1 Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." You belong to God...there is no better place to be!
Have you been transformed by the truth that you belong to God?
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.