4th November 2011

Finders, Keepers

“The Son of God keeps them safe.”
1 John 5:18 (GNT)

Do you know the phrase, “Finders, keepers”? 

My childhood is full of happy memories. We did not have much money so, when I saw a shiny sixpenny bit lying on the pavement, I was very excited. In today’s money it would be like coming across a $1 or a £1 or a 1 Euro coin. I picked it up quickly, but then I hesitated and looked at my mother. Should I give it to her? She smiled. “Finders, keepers”, she said. I couldn’t believe it. I’d never had so much! 

“Finders, keepers” is the idea that we can claim and own something that has been abandoned. It was often used when people took treasure from shipwrecks, and was also a principle applied in claiming land in the early years of the USA. 

God calls believers his “treasured possession” (Malachi 3:17 NIV UK). He expresses excitement about how they belong to him. “They will be mine”, says the Almighty God. When John was writing to the New Testament church he was anxious that Christians understand fully how secure they were in Christ. Jesus had found them on the cross when God was reconciling the world to himself (2 Corinthians 5:19). Having found them, “the Son of God keeps them safe”. 

You are safe in God’s hands. God has found you and he will keep you. 

Finders, keepers. 

Gracious God, thank you that Jesus has found me, and that he keeps me and sustains me, comforting me in the Spirit.

Study by James Henderson

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