Who Owns You?

by Stan Mitchell
stalked2.jpg“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ” (Philippians 3:7).
As the Colombians walked back to their fixed wing aircraft, Gerald felt a mixture of exhilaration and fear. Four million dollars was a lot of money! Just one deal, he promised himself, that’s all he would do, and he would be set for life. He wouldn’t have to work another day in his life. He looked at the case of cocaine in the trunk of his car. There would be some tense moments at the border, but once through there it would be plain sailing.
Then he saw the note attached to one of the packets of the snowy narcotic. His name was written on the top. Picking up the paper, he turned it over. There was just one sentence:
“I own you now.” It was signed “Raul.”
Raul Lozano was the drug boss he had met, silent and lethal, who had been Gerald’s first contact. His heart sank. Gerald had made a deal with the Devil, and he understood for the first time that any monetary profit he received would bring a staggering loss. His life, and his family’s was no longer his own.
I am frequently astounded at the way people so readily, uncritically make a deal with the Devil when making a deal with Christ would be so much more profitable. Why do we do it? Paul learned the opposite truth to Gerald. When you sign on with the Lord, everything else fades into the background.
When Christ owns you, you make an everlasting profit!

2 Replies to “Who Owns You?”

  1. Very good article with a lot of spiritual value.
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