1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT) Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So, you must honour God with your body.
Did you ever buy something and felt it wasn’t worth the money? Perhaps you were at a nice restaurant and the quality of food you ate just didn’t seem to match the bill. Or maybe you went to watch a movie and felt like you should have just watched it online, or not all. A little while ago I bought a printer for almost $200 that malfunctioned only after two months of use. I was livid! I felt like it was a waste of my hard-earned money. When I purchase an expensive item, there is a level of performance that is expected. I’m sure you can relate in some way about paying for something only to realise it just wasn’t worth it. Do you realise that we were also bought? We are very expensive. Your price tag reads the blood of Jesus Christ. How do you think God feels when we live a life that is not reflective of what we cost Him, His son? We are called to honour God with bodies.
In 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Paul calls us to flee from sexual immorality. Sexual purity applies to both our actions and our attitudes. It is the active choice to refrain from sexual activity outside the bonds of marriage. It is the decision to guard your heart and mind by not allowing impure thoughts or attitudes take over. Is this even relevant today? Sex before marriage, sexual gratification through pornography has become the norm in society. Is it realistic for someone to stay sexually pure in a sex saturated society? Yes! But THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. It may not be easy but with God all things are possible. When it comes to principles in the Bible about sexual purity, although it was written ages ago, and although society is ever changing, the principles it teaches are still applicable today. It is God’s will for our lives that we stay away from all sexual sin (1 Thessalonians 4-3:5).
I believe that this scripture can be applied to more than just sexual conduct. If our bodies belong to Jesus, we also have no right to be idle with, or wasteful of, what belongs to Him. Our bodies should be used for the glory of God. With the high cost that was paid for us, are we utilising our bodies and our talents to further God’s work? Or are we too busy pursuing our own goals and desires that there is no time left for God? We should be active members of the body of Christ, each contributing, no matter how small, to share God’s love with others.
Are you living a life that glorifies God or has His sacrifice for you been in vain? Were you worth the cost of Jesus’ blood? Yes! You are worth it! You are valuable! Romans 5:8 tells us that God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Even as a sinner you were so valuable to Him that He gave His son for us. Let’s live a life that reflects our cost!
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