I belong to God!

January 9, 2013

belong to God

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says:

“Do you not know that your body is a temple 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 body.”

What an incredible truth: I have been bought with a price and I belong to God! This image of being “bought at a price” comes from the days of buying slaves. The slaves were put in the market to be sold and then people would buy them for the agreed price. This is such a perfect picture of us. We were once slaves to sin and then God came and “bought” us with the price of Jesus’ life. We are no longer our own; we now belong to God.

2 implications of this truth

This truth has at least two implications for me.

1. It is a great comfort to be reminded that I belong to God.

He is not only my owner but He is my Father as well. I am now part of His family. I don’t have to worry about being accepted anymore because He has already paid the price for me. Nothing I do can make God accept me more or less. I am accepted because of what Jesus did on the cross for me.

2. It leads me to action.

Because I have been bought at a price and I am not my own, I now have some responsibility. I need to live like I belong to God. Maybe more importantly, I need to live so that others will recognize that I belong to God. If people do not see any difference in me then I am doing God (my owner and Father) a great disservice. I want to reflect Him to all that I encounter every day.

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What does it mean to you to belong to God?

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Kevin Martineau

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I am the Pastor at Port Hardy Baptist Church on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I am married to my best friend and I have three beautiful daughters.

6 responses to I belong to God!

  1. I actually was struck with this in our church prayer time last night. It kept rolling over inside me, “our greatest joy is to know that we are Yours.” When we see it and live it, what a powerful combination! Thanks Kevin.

  2. Great article with interesting facts, and I have to say that I admit all your points, although I am a natural born agnostic. But I accept it that religion and the love of God can give many people the peace of mind.

  3. Illuminating share Kevin . I believe that I belong to God and as you have put forth I try to live life keeping in my mind that I am answerable to him . I feel God around and he answers all my questions . Having faith in God and feeling him around gives the best comfort possibl