We possess God; God possesses Us. What does that mean? It means plainly and chiefly this, a mutual love. Then the Book of Ephesians 1: 11 emphasized what follows: ” All things are done according to God’s plan and decision; and God chose us to be his own people in union with Christ because of his own purpose, based on what he had decided from the very beginning. “
We have, then, to think of that great Divine love which possesses us when He loves us and when we love Him. But remember that this sweet commerce and reverberation of love which constitutes possession, the origination must be in his heart ” We love him because he first loved us ” – There is a mutual possession because there is mutual love.
God gives himself to us, as we know, most chiefly in that unspeakable gift of His Son, and we possess Him by virtue of His self-communication which depends upon. His love, and then, we possess him, and he possesses us, not less by the answering surrender of ourselves, which is the expression of our love.
The las, the hardest thing to surrender is our own wills. To give them up by constraint is slavery that degrades. To give them up because we love is a sacrifice which sanctified, even in the lowest reaches of daily life.
In need not touch in more than a word upon another aspect of this mutual possession, brought into view lovingly in many parts of scripture and that is that there is in it not only mutual love and mutual surrender, but mutual indwelling. And he moves in the heart that loves as the Master walking through his house, as the Divinity is present in the temple, and as the soul permeates the body, and is sight in the eye and colour in the cheek, and force in the arm, and deftness in the finger, and swiftness in the foot. So the indwelling God breathes through all the capacities and all the desires, and all the needs of the souls which he inhabits, and makes them all blessed!