Monday, May 10, 2010

staking a claim

In the old days (and maybe still in some remote places) miners would "stake a claim" to land they reserved to search for gold.  They would actually drive wooden pegs into the ground to mark the boundaries of the spot.   Once the land was secured, they could sift through streams and pick through rock in that space to find the small pieces of the precious rock that could make their fortune...and they wouldn't worry about intruders because the miners respected each other's claim.  I saw another form of claim this morning.  Perched high above the pond I visit were, not one, but two bald eagles.  They gazed regally over the pond as a King and Queen might look over their domain from a castle.  Surely they have staked a claim to the pond as their fishing hole.  As I read in 2nd Corinthians, Chapter 1 this morning, I was reminded that God has also "staked His claim" on us.  Verses 21 and 22 say it this way:

21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.  The Lord has made to clear to all of Creation and all forces, both good and evil, that we are His.  He has staked out our lives and is in the process of mining the treasures that are locked within.  And, I am confident that the Lord's pegs which are secured by the Holy Spirit, will keep our territory safe from any "claim jumpers".   After all, the pegs that hold this claim were actually nails that held our Savior to a cross 2000 years ago.



Rob Smith

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