“Prized Possession” ( Romans 14:8, LEB ) by Carley Evans

Who owns a possession greatly prized? One in a special case? Most people, I think. You protect it; cherish it; bring it out on special occasions. You cry if it breaks; then work to repair it. This possession is special; it belongs to you.

The Lord looks on us the same way for He purchased us with His own Blood.

For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

“Everything Belongs To You, Lord” ( 1 Chronicles 29:11, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

English: The icon was painted by artist Nichol...
English: The icon was painted by artist Nicholas Morosoff in 1935 at the request of Bishop Wedgwood for the St Francis Church in Tekels Park, Camberley, and hangs above its main altar. Courtesy Liberal Catholic Church of St Francis of Assisi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We forget this simple fact: “everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to” the Lord God. God is “head over all.” Eventually, all things are summed up in Christ, who is the second person of the Trinity, who is the Lord God. Ezra sums this up nicely:

“Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all.”

Notice what else — ha, besides everything — belongs to the Lord God: greatness, power, glory, splendor, majesty, and the kingdom.

Jesus says to His disciples and to the people, ‘Behold, the kingdom of God is at hand.’ Being the Lord God, Jesus indicates the kingdom is present in Him. He might as well say, ‘Behold, I Am the kingdom of God.’