Making It Personal

Making It Personal

“Mine”! This is a common word that is heard in a room full of toddlers who are naturally and aggressively possessive of their few earthly belongings. “Mine”! This is a word that young adults use as they look upon their first car or first home with a sense of pride in ownership. “Mine”! This is a word that a middle-aged to older adult might use as they look upon their belongings that they have accumulated through hard work and feel a sense of accomplishment. Everybody has an inborn tendency to make material things personal, yet we are often so hesitant to make spiritual things personal. And at the end of our life, it will be the personal appropriation of that which is spiritual, rather than material, that will last into eternity.

In Psalm 144:1-2, the word “my” is used 9 times. Although David had accumulated much material wealth in his lifetime, David realized that his true blessing in life was found in the spiritual possessions that he had accumulated. David’s faith in God was a personal faith. It was more than an intellectual assent to truth. In addition to David’s foundational knowledge of God was a living reality of a personal walk with God. David described God as “my strength”, “my goodness”, “my fortress”, “my high tower”, “my deliverer”, and “my shield”. God wasn’t just “a” fortress or “a” strong tower. No, he was “my” fortress and “my” strong tower. There is a big difference. Many Christians are content with knowing about “a” good God and “a” powerful God and “a” faithful God but they never press on to a personal and experiential understanding. They never make the objective truth that they know into a living reality that they daily experience. When we got saved, we entered into a personal relationship with God. For those of us who grew up in a Christian home, there had to come a day when our parents’ faith had to become our own personal faith. It wasn’t enough to rely on the faith of others. We had to personally receive it. We had to say, as the hymn writer said, “My Jesus, I love thee, I now thou art mine…my gracious Redeemer, my Savior art thou; if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.” We had to make the truth of Jesus personal us. Instead of “a” Redeemer, Jesus had to become “my” Redeemer.

In Hebrews 7, we read of the preeminence of Christ as He became our High Priest “when he offered up himself” (v. 27). Christ isn’t merely a priest like those who daily made sacrifices in the Old Testament. Rather, He is “my” High Priest who once-for-all offered up Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for “my” sins and the sins of the world. And those who repent and believe on Jesus Christ, the High Priest, can look at the gift of salvation that He offers and joyfully and gratefully say “mine”!

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