We are God’s, not simply by virtue of His creation but also by virtue of His redemption. We are marked not merely by the fingerprint of the Creator but by the blood flowing from the nail-pierced hands of the Redeemer. Of us God says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…” (Isa. 49:15-16). He cares for us as the very apple of His eye (Deut. 32:10). If God so cares for us, what should we fear?
As much as God loves and cares for us, let’s not ever forget that we are His. Though He deeply loves us, He does not exist for us; we exist for Him. He is our Maker, our Master, our Owner. It was He, who made us for His glory and pleasure. If we think of ourselves as God’s special possession, His holy nation, His royal priesthood, His chosen race, it will bring about the most radical change in our life and much needed clarity and focus into our life. At the end of the day, our success will be measured, not by how much we make of ourselves but how much we make of God—like a telescope that is there to magnify the heavenly bodies.