1 Corinthians 6:20 “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

We live in a so-called “free” country. There are many things our government gives people the freedom to do, whether or not God approves of such behavior. Even Christians can begin to think that if the USA gives me the freedom, then I have the right to live my life and behave myself any way I want.

At the same time, God doesn’t force everyone to do his will at all times with an act of raw power. Thus it seems that people get away with many sins, including sexual immorality, with no divine intervention. They even become puffed up with a prideful sense of self-importance, defying God and and his commands like the author of the poem Invictus, “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

Really? God does not give us an absolute right to do whatever we want, and thinking that way is still rebellion against him. We don’t belong to ourselves. We belong to him. We didn’t make ourselves. He made us. Even after we rebelled and ran away from our Creator to join the enemy side, he didn’t leave us there. He bought us back. He executed his own Son to lay his claim on us again, and to set us free.

“You are not your own. You were bought at a price” is a warning for us. It’s a warning not to challenge God’s right to determine how we live our lives, nor to despise the price he paid to make us his own again.

But these are especially words of promise and comfort. You were bought at a price. Guilt over our own sexual sins may make us feel worthless and undesirable. If our sins were the end of the story, that is what we would be.

But by his grace, our Lord has given us another value. The price which he placed on us is the life of his own Son Jesus Christ. God the Father has decided that you are worth as much as Jesus to him. That value defies any comparison, any illustration. There is nothing dearer to the Lord in all this world than just you yourself. You became infinitely valuable, and infinitely desirable, when Jesus gave his life to make you holy and forgive your sins.

Therefore, live like the priceless, holy child God now says you are. Honor God with your body.

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