Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (Psalm 100:3)
The dictionary definition of the word claim is as follows: “Something that one party owes another—an interest in, as in a possessory claim, or right to possession.” With this definition in view, is it not clear that God has a “Cosmic Claim” over each and every one of us, both by creation and re-creation? Read on, and I hope you will be as comforted as you are challenged.
It is not a comfort to know that the Creator of the universe is also your personal Creator, having planned for you from before the foundation of the world? Your Creator God is not some distant deity. Rather, He is intimately involved in your life at every possible level: physically, emotionally, mentally, relationally, financially, and spiritually.
David exulted, “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . . Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:13-14, 16). And throughout each one of the days ordained for you, God created you to be in an intimate, personal, loving relationship with Him moment by moment. Surely this truth should bring us comfort of cosmic proportions, but it also leads us to a strong challenge.
If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior, is it not a challenge to know that the One who created heaven and earth and the seas and all that is in them not only created you, but also re-created you through the blood of His precious Son . . . and therefore does indeed have a Cosmic Claim over every aspect of your life? The moment this truth seizes us, we are, in the most profound sense, living a surrendered life with absolutely no rights of our own. A surrendered life is a life marked by sold-out service to the One who rightly has this claim over our lives. A surrendered life is a life marked by prayer that does not end without these words, “Not my will, but thy will be done” (Luke 22:42). Finally, a surrendered life is a life marked by expanding the cause of God’s kingdom, “that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again” (2 Corinthians 5:15).
Have you acknowledged the Cosmic Claim? Are you ready, willing, and able to be deployed for God’s glory and for the good of all others, regardless of the cost or circumstance? By His grace, may this be the confession of all our lives as we live out both the comfort and the challenge presented by the Cosmic Claim that our Lord Jesus rightly holds over every aspect of our lives.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!