"I am His and He is mine" captures the heartbeat of our hopes. Before everything else comes our relationship with God. If He is everything to us then everything else will be right. If anything else, even our ministry or our spiritual growth displaces the primacy of our relationship with God then life gets out of kilter. This is our challenge, isn't it-putting our relationship with God far above every other priority. Here's what "I am His and He is mine" looks like:
1. To love Him wholeheartedly
In Matthew 22:37 Jesus said:
Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
God is meant to be more than our Commander-in Chief. He wants to be the greatest love of our life-to be attached to us at the heart. He wants us to care about Him more than we care about life itself.
2. To know Him intimately
Jesus sums up our eternal life with a surprisingly short description:
John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (NIV)
Our ability to love God wholeheartedly is directly connected with our knowledge of Him. This knowledge is more than just a collection of facts. It's an intimate knowing that comes from actually experiencing Him and interacting with Him.
3. To surrender to Him completely
Jesus had high expectations for His followers. Listen to this statement out of John:
John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. (NIV)
Jesus made it clear that He wanted more than just casual cooperation from his "buds". He expects to lead us and wants our total surrender to His leadership.
All this is why a super-close relationship with God is top priority at our church. You may ask-"But what about the other priorities in Scripture - loving one another, sharing the gospel, teaching, serving and so on?" These are all important too, but they're meant to flow out of our relationship with God. When we're close to the Lord, we'll want to serve others and we'll be empowered to do it effectively. On the other hand, busyness, without God, is barrenness and it quickly turns into duty without delight. Furthermore, when we're focused on Him everything else shrinks to its proper perspective.
He alone is worthy.