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 (I Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV).
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Something is worth what you will pay for it. This can be a really hard concept to understand. I once inherited a car from my grandfather and it was special to me, because it was his. When I needed to trade it in. I kept telling the salesman how valuable the car was and why I should get more on the trade in. Finally, he looked at me and said, “Sir, It is a great car, but it is eleven years old.”
Many today are struggling with if life is worth it. They have contemplated suicide, leaving their family, or just giving up on life. If that is you. You were bought at a price. You are no longer your own. Submit to Christ. Worship Christ, and allow Him to fill you. It is not your decision to make. He said you are worth it. You are priceless!
To the believer who has lost his or her fire. To the believer who dabbles in secret sins. You were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body. He paid for you.
So where do we get our worth from? If we listen to the world, we are worth what we get paid. Our relationships on earth are all, this for that relationships. We give some, someone else gives some back. We give love to receive love. We give work for compensation. We are nice for forgiveness.
But, God’s economy runs quite different than ours. We were completely morally bankrupt. We couldn’t pay, and while we were yet still enemies of God He died for us (Romans 5:10). He not only died for us as a soldier, he fought for our rights and died for us while we were on the other side shooting at Him. He runs on grace. All we can do is respond to this grace. We are completely helpless.
That is the Gospel, nothing new so far. But, think on it for a minute. If we were bought at a price and we are no longer our own, what does that mean? What does it mean that we worship God only and have no other gods (Exodus 20:1-6)?
Many have become their own god and have indulged in self worship. Life is all about them. We hear it all the time. They are self-made. Their identity is in their work, their writing, their parenting, their education, etc. Where is your worth found? Do you find it in bringing something special to God Almighty? Do you dare to bring Him the offering of Cain? Do you come to show him something you are really proud of, or do you bring something to kill? Do you offer the sinless Son of God instead?
What makes you valuable? It seems that we are called to become like children. It seems that we need to become like dependents. Children who are in a stable loving environment approach their parents with confidence. They ask for things with confidence. They come crying to you when they want something fixed or changed. Children who are used to parents praying will ask for you to pray for them when they don’t feel good or can’t find something.
So, what happens to us when we become adults? We become sufficient, which is good. But, too often we look at ourselves and think, wow I did all this. Look at me. When maybe you have achieved a lot, but who gave you the freedom to pursue your dreams? Who gave you the knowledge, the mentors, the connections, the helpers? Who did all that? Was it you? No. God blessed you.
I think it is corny when people introduce themselves by their title first. One thing I have always been committed to is not doing that. There are times I have signed communication as a business owner, or wrote chaplain under my name so someone knew who they were talking to, but chaplain isn’t another name. If you introduce yourself title first, it is ok. God isn’t mad at you, and I am not judging you. But, the reason I don’t call myself by a title is, for one thing my titles have changed multiple times over the years, and currently I do several things and would be changing the title all the time. But, the other reason is: There will be only children in heaven. I don’t get to take my chaplain name badge with me. Their will be no offices, titles, collars or special honors in heaven. We will only honor Christ and be infinitely happy with that.
So, today. Put it on the altar. Put your false selves, and your fronts on the altar and kill it. Kill that sinful nature and watch it go away kicking and screaming. Ask God to put to death gathering your worth from what people say about you, how much you make, your parenting scorecard, whatever it is. Put it to death, and become like a little child who calls out Daddy, Save me! Love me! Show me how to be like you!
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