Not Our Own

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16th century theologian John Calvin helps us to stay on the Godward path. It’s the preferred path for the bond servant who is determined to please His Master.

“We are not our own but the Lord’s, it’s clear what errors we must flee, and what we must direct our whole lives toward. We are not our own; therefore, neither our reason nor will should dominate our plans and actions.

We are not our own; therefore, let us not make the gratification of our own flesh our end.

We are not our own; therefore, as much as possible, let us forget ourselves and our own interests.

Rather, we are God’s. Therefore, let us live and die to Him. We are God’s. Therefore, His wisdom and His will govern all our actions.

We are God’s. Therefore, let us – in every way in all our lives – run to Him as our proper end.

How far has he progressed who’s been taught that he is not his own – who’s taken rule and dominion away from his own reason and entrusted them to God.”

~from A Little Book on the Christian Life published by Reformation Trust


“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

~1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)