The King's Property

Do you have anything with your name on it?

Maybe it’s a sweater with your initials embroidered on it, or a shirt that has “Shirley” airbrushed across the front.

Or maybe it’s a personalized license plate on your car.

It might be a favorite coffee mug that says, “Doug” in big yellow letters.

Or perhaps it’s a name plate on your office door, your desk, or your cubicle.

We often place our names on our possessions.

Psalm 24:1-2 tells us that the Lord has placed His name on all of creation:

The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. (Psalm 24:1-2)

Think about the clarity of those words: “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” The earth is the physical world in which we live. Its “fullness” means everything that lives on the earth. Put very simply, everything and everyone on earth belong to the Lord.

That claim flew in the face of the false religions in the ancient Near East. The nations that surrounded Israel believed that there were numerous gods – some associated with the air, some with the ocean, some with the forests, some with the fields, and so on – and that each of these deities competed with one another for supremacy.

To the contrary, the Lord says that, as the King of glory, He owns the earth and everything in it because He created it. In fact, the Bible says, “those who dwell therein” are His. That means that even those who deny Him or reject Him still belong to God.

Everyone on earth must give Him an answer for how we live our lives, because He made us and we belong to Him.

One day every person will answer to God.

First, we will answer for whether we have trusted Jesus as our Savior. The Bible says this about those who reject Jesus:

They will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. (1 Peter 4:5)

God will judge all the people He has created on the basis of this one thing: What have men and women and boys and girls done with Jesus Christ? Have they trusted Him as Savior, or have they rejected Him?

Second, all Christians will answer to God for how we have lived our lives as believers.

The Bible gives this word to Christians:

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

Christians belong to the Lord not only by virtue of creation, but also by virtue of redemption. He not only made us, but Jesus shed His blood to pay the price for our sins. We are a special possession of His. He has written His name upon us (Revelation 3:12). And He desires that we live our lives for Him every day.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!