Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and
honor, and power, because Thou. hast created
all things.--(Apoc. iv. 11.)
Why is it that God has such an absolute and
all-embracing claim to ourselves and to all that is
ours? It is because we are made by Him, and not
only made, but created. We are His, not only as
the statue is the sculptor's and the picture the
painter's, but He made out of nothing the very
materials of which we consist. There is therefore
nothing in us which is not God's. Every sort of
excellence, strength, virtue, talent, beauty, skill
energy, affection--all are God's not our own.
God created every one with certain gifts of his
own that He did not give to another, and He gave
him those gifts to do a special work that God had
for him to do. He created me with a certain object;
from all eternity He had been planning my
soul and body, and providing me with all that I
needed, that both one and the other might serve
Him. Have I on the whole carried out God's plan?
Shall I be able to say, when I come to die: "I
have finished the work Thou gavest me to do?"
What a serious thought this is, that God had
a plan for my life! He meant me to occupy a
certain position in society and to have certain
employments; to influence certain persons for good;
to overcome certain temptations; to practise certain
virtues beyond the rest to attain a certain place in
Heaven. Has my life been ordered by God's holy
inspirations; has not my own self-will too often had
part in it?
Pray that you may not fail in fulfilling God's intentions concerning you.