“Abraham …said…’Listen to me …I will pay the price of the field’…” [Genesis 23:13]
Many years ago a minister friend said to me. “Diane make sure you know the difference between possession and ownership”—From Genesis to Revelation the revealed Will of God comes with a cost. Abraham needed somewhere to bury what he loved and he couldn’t bury it on someone else’s property without paying the purchase price.
We accept the death of Christ—He is sown into our hearts. He has purchased the land—it is the kingdom within and we are no longer our own. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ…”[ Peter 1:18]
The gift of God came by Grace giving all mankind a choice—free will—free to choose. Free to possess but to own the gift given is to be owned by the Giver it is the heart of discipleship. David said the same thing. In needing a place to worship God he had to be willing to ‘pay the price’ “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing”. [ 2 Samuel 24:24]
God has paid the price for you to possess but the cost of ownership will require loosing—“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever losses his life for my sake will find it”. We receive the death of our Savior but to live the resurrected life is released by giving—giving our lives and all that we own so that we might be owned.
To possess is to receive—to own is to give. “You cannot consecrate what is not yours’ ~Oswald Chambers~ This is not hard to understand, to be healed you must first confess you are sick, to be saved you must first confess you are lost—to be made whole you must first confess you are broken. George Elliot said. Wise is the man who gave what he could not keep to keep what he could not lose.
Further Reading: Genesis 46-49, John 12
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