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You’re Not the Boss of Me

1 Corinthians 6:19b-20a

You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.

profileYou’re not the boss of me is a phrase some parents have heard from their children over the years.  A book was written with the same title – You’re Not the Boss of Me: Brat-proofing Your Four- to Twelve-Year-Old Child – written by Betsy Brown Braun.  You can find it on Amazon.com.  We struggle with this title because we want to be the boss of ourselves.

Have you ever uttered these words or heard them before – You’re not the boss of me.  I knew a step-father than heard this often from his step-children as he was trying to be a father figure in their home (the children’s father had abandoned them and the mom had remarried).

We live in a culture where we want to be the boss of me!  We want to be in charge.  We want to be the chef and everyone else needs to be something else!  We like bring in control.

The problem with this attitude and Christianity is found in today’s passage.  Here it is in partial context.  1 Corinthians 6:12-20 – 12  “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 13  “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18  Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20  for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

In Christ – we have been bought and paid for – we do not own ourselves any longer.  Here are some other passages that support this thought.

Psalms 100:3 – Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Romans 14:7-9 – 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Titus 2:14 – who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

If we are in Christ – we have been bought and paid for – we are His possession – our bodies are His temple – we are to live as if He is living in us – through us – and at times in spite of us.  So if you have the attitude that you are your own boss – wake up and smell the coffee.  If you are in Christ – we belong with Jesus and should live our lives to please Him.

He has paid the ransom for our sins – a debt we could never pay.  He has paid the price we could NEVER pay ourselves – and for that we should be eternally grateful and live our lives to let others see His light in us – through us – and in spite of us!

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


January 23, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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