Saturday 24 August, 2019
You are not your own
“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” (I Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV)
Acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Savior entails total surrender of not just our souls but all we are, including our bodies to him. When Christ died on the cross, it was to save and atone for him a people that will be his own. I have heard many people say that God only wants the heart or the soul as some say, I disagree with this theology and agree with Apostle Paul that our entirety belongs to God.
Knowing this very well, Paul was confident in saying that “You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (v. 19, 20). For to believe in Jesus is to surrender all to him, it is to acknowledge his Lordship over our all because while on the cross when he declared it is finished, our atonement was fully paid for. We therefore no longer are our own; we fully belong to him, for he had paid the price on the cross.
Understanding that we are not our own helps us to build a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are able to live right with God when we know that we belong to him. Knowing that we belong to God also helps us living without an undivided allegiance to God. We are being implored from misusing our bodies for any other purposes than to glorify God and desist from profaning our bodies. Sexual immorality and any other form of impurity to the body must be dropped. Remember you are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Prayer: Lord God, I repent of ways in which I haven’t honored you with my body, I ask that you help me live honorably day by day through Jesus Christ. Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi is a priest in Church of Uganda, Ma’di and West Nile Diocese.