Don’t Claim What’s Not Yours
The seagulls in the Disney/Pixar movie Finding Nemo seemed to be of limited mental capacity. All of the other animals could talk just fine, but not most of the seagulls. They were limited in vocabulary to just one word: “MINE”. They would say this word in different ways, they would say it over and over, but that is all they would say. As soon as they saw something they wanted they would start saying it: “MINE MINE MINE MINE”. Not that they actually already had it, they were just claiming it . . . along with everyone else. Well, at least they were focused, right?
The problem is that it’s dangerous to focus on the wrong thing. Doing that can make you mean. Listen: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God” (James 4:1-2). We see something we want and we say MINE! But we don’t have it yet. It’s not ours. And even if we did have it then it still wouldn’t be ours. (Tune in for the sermon for an explanation of why that’s true). We have to be careful to not set our desires on worldly things. Instead set your desire on following Christ and focus on Him. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
If you’re going to claim something, claim the promises of God. Through Christ confess that God’s Word is true. That’s a wonderful claim to make! Claim that you are a great sinner but Christ is a greater Savior. As a Christian, claim the forgiveness that comes from the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. And instead of focusing on temporary things focus on a prize that lasts forever. God is bringing those in Christ into “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4). Consider that promise Christians, and then joyfully say “MINE”!