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So You Say I Am Not Self-Made?

1 Corinthians 6:19b-20a

You are not your own; you were bought at a price.

RayBlogI’m my own person – a self-made person!  No one helped me – I pulled myself up by my own boot straps!  Have you ever heard those phrases?  Have you ever used them yourself?  The problem is that some actually believe these statements.  Some actually believe that they are islands standing alone in this world with no one to thank for where they are today. Today I am writing to Christians.  Today I am writing to those who believe they have placed their trust in Jesus.  Although the world may think they are self-made – we know or should know that we are nothing without Jesus – who has bought and paid for our lives with His blood.  Our bodies – our lives should be considered temples for the Most High.

Let’s take a look at today’s passage in partial context.  It comes from a section where God using Paul is teaching Christians about sin – and how we belong to Jesus and not to our sinful natures.  It tells us how we are to use our lives – our bodies – God’s temple – for Christ because we were bought and paid for by His blood. 1 Corinthians 6:9-20 – 9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 12 “Everything is permissible for me”-but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”-but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”-but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”   17 But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

The scripture tell us that – all have sinned and fall short of the glory of GodRomans 3:23.  All of us stand in the need of grace.  None of us have gotten to where we are today alone.  Jesus gave His all for us.  He left heaven and came to earth to purchase our souls.  We have been bought and paid for by the blood of the Lamb.  As Christians – we are not self-made but rather we are made for and by Jesus.  We are to live our lives for Him – as if He were living through us.  We are to allow Jesus to work in us – through us and in spite of us.

Join with me as we examine our lives during Lent – identify the sins in our lives – confessing them and turning from them (repentance) – as we seek His face as we desire His grace.  We are not self-made.  We are bought and paid for by the blood of the Lamb!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

February 19, 2013 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Lenten Thought, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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