Friday, August 13, 2021
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
It can be really easy to fall into the tendency of thinking, "This is my life. This is my body. I do what I want, go where I want, do what I need to do, what I like when I feel like it." Basically, that's sin in a nutshell. No matter how long we've walked with Christ, we still have those tendencies. Until our minds are completely renewed and our minds are completely transformed, which will be on that day when we are with Jesus, our minds will still think that we are in charge of our own show. At least to some degree, we all think that.
But the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 that we are temples, that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in us when we have received him from God. Paul says that we are not our own, we were bought at a price, and therefore, we're to honor God with our bodies. This is incredible to think about. Our bodies have become the temple of the Holy Spirit. If we believe, if we've committed our life to Jesus Christ in faith, if we've asked him to forgive our sins and if we're following Him, then we belong to Him. We are his, and these bodies have become the temple of the Holy Spirit. He actually lives in us.
Another astounding thing to consider in all of this is that God gave us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a gift from God to those who believe and he actually dwells within us. What that gives us is a motivation. This motivation comes from remembering that we were bought at a price. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sin. Jesus died on the cross so that he could give us His Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ paid that price for us. He loved us enough so that, by giving our lives to Him, we would have His Holy Spirit live within us. When we consider that we were bought at a price that is the motivation for living our lives in these bodies for Christ. It is the motivation that we have to honor him with our bodies. So today, because Jesus Christ lives in you, you can rejoice. He's close to you. He's with you, he lives in you. So today, we have the motivation to serve him with our bodies. Why? Because we were bought at a price and therefore, we honor Christ with our bodies and what we do with them.