Hard Question, Comforting Answer

Raise your hand if you have heard of the Heidelberg Catechism. Well, for those whose hands are still down click here for a brief history of it. For those whose hands are in the air, welcome to Dorkdom, the land of the Dorks.

The Catechism is set up in a series of questions and answers, it was written by two men, one a pastor and one an academic. A great piece of Christian belief. the two authors have awesome names as well, Ursinus and Olevianus. The beginning of the Catechism is one of the most comforting statements a Christian can memorize. I would recommend memorizing Scripture as well! The first question and answer go like this:

Question 1: What is your only comfort in life and in death?

This is a powerful question, is it not? Not only are the authors challenging the purpose of your life and death, but they are suggesting that the same comfort you have during your breathing days is the same comfort that should lead you into death. This one statement covers your entire existence, and the implications of this question concerns your eternal existence. It is very important to think before answering this question. So take a moment and think seriously about this: what is your comfort in life and in death?

Answer: That I am not my own, but belong–body and soul, in life and in death–to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

Can you comfortably say that? “I am not my own.” I find no other comfort like this. A non-Christian will think this utterly silly, the comfort in our lives is that we are not our own?! American culture tells us that we are only comforted when we are our own. Be independent, be successful, be this be that. The Christian life is a comfort because our status is in Christ, not in this or that. Christ has called us to be part of the family of God. That is a comfort, we are not our own.

Take this question and answer to heart, memorize it, and when life happens, quote it to yourself. If you go to the doctor and the doctor says, “You have cancer.” You can say, “I am not my own, but belong body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.” What if something wonderful happens? What if you receive a check for $500,000.00? What do you say to yourself, what do you do with your blessing? You can say to yourself, “I am not my own, but belong body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.” Having this message burned into your daily life will not only lift you up, but it will keep you humble.


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