You were created for God and by God! The thoughts are staggering that The God of all creation created us to be His family. Family who lives with Him, walks with Him, talks with Him and works with Him to expand the greatness of Who He is in the earth. Not only were we created by God, but we were also purchased by God. Wow, a creation who turned their backs on Him, put a wall of separation between Him and the creation He loved, and yet, God would not be denied the great love He had for us, so He paid the price to buy us back! Forever, as children of God, we are twice His. He made us and He bought us!
This truth always makes me think of this story which illustrates so well what God did for us:
A young boy worked hard creating a little sailboat. When the boat was painted and the sail were finished, he proudly carried his new boat to the edge of the river for its first launch. He carefully placed it in the water and slowly let out the string. How smoothly the boat sailed!
He sat in the warm sunshine, admiring the little boat that he had built. Suddenly a strong current caught the boat. When he tried to pull it back to shore, the string broke. The wind and current pushed the little boat downstream.
The young boy ran along the shore as fast as he could. But his little boat soon slipped out of sight. All afternoon he searched for the boat. Finally, when it was too dark to look any longer, he sadly went home.
A few days later, on the way home from school, he spotted a boat just like his in a store window. When he got closer, he could see — sure enough — it was his!
He hurried into the store and spoke to the store manager: “Sir, that’s my boat in your window!” “I made it!” “Sorry, son, but someone else brought it in this morning. If you want it, you’ll have to buy it.”
He ran home and counted all his money. He had exactly enough, and rushed back to the store to buy his handmade toy.As he left the store, the boy hugged his hand made boat and said, “Little boat, now you’re twice mine. First, I made you and now I bought you.”
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him. Colossians 1:16-17
Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who comes from God and dwells inside of you? You do not own yourself. You have been purchased at a great price, so use your body to bring glory to God! 1 Corinthians 6:19-20