by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV)
You are not your own. How does that strike you? This is a verse I’ve read and taught numerous times, but that phrase really jumped out at me today. You were bought at a price, the precious blood of Jesus. This proves your immense value, regardless of what other people say, think, or believe. Paul goes on to write that for this reason, you must honor God with your body.
In the Book of Romans, Paul draws a direct connection between knowing you belong to God and worship. Paul wrote, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romams 12:1-2, NIV). Paul was very deliberate in teaching non-conformity when it comes to the ways of the world. Your aim should be to live for Christ, because he died for you.
You belong to God…you do! This means your life is not your own, but God’s and the people he placed in your life to do life with. May this change the way you see the world, and inspire you to live your life as an act of worship to glorify God and magnify his reality for others
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your love in Jesus. I am sorry for the times I choose to live for myself and I give in to the ways of the world. Forgive me, and receive my life as an act of worship for you thanks to Jesus. I this this in his holy name. Amen.
Have a day filled with awesomeness,