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.
What does it mean to you to belong to God?