Verse of the Day


"For God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."

~I Corinthians 6:20


Today's Devotional Thought

January 23, 2013 by Rachel Piferi



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He Owns Me

I can have some pretty selfish moments. Sometimes they slip out with other people, but mostly I have them with God. They start with me presenting my hurts or my desires or my needs to God. And they usually spiral into me claiming to God that I deserve something in a situation.

I am certainly not proud of those moments.

This is something he and I have been working on recently.

A lot.

Yesterday, I shared a song that God really spoke to me through. And today, I want to share with you more about why this song means so much right now. (I have posted the song below in case you didn't hear it yesterday.)

As I have mentioned before, I am currently studying the life and ministry of Paul. And I seem to always be chewing on a concept that has come from his writings or his life. And right now, I am really blown away by Paul's understanding of our bond service to Christ. In several of his writings, Paul talks about being bought by Christ's blood and that we belong to Christ and should serve him with all we have in exchange for his paying the ultimate price.

For many of you in the church, I know this is not a new concept. And for me, it wasn't either. But I have been praying that God would show me, and I mean really show me, what that looks like.

Lord, what does it really look like to belong to you? To be paid for by you and to serve you as a bond servant?

If there is anything I have learned on this journey with the Lord, it is that he always answers me when I ask for clarity (James 1:5). And he always seems to answer me by showing me. By letting me experience a few things that show me what he means.

And this question was answered no differently.

Back to selfishness...

Yesterday morning in the car, I was discussing some things with the Lord. I was presenting why I was hurt and why I thought I deserved more in a situation. I even claimed that I needed more.

And, in a quiet and gentle way {as he does with me often}, he brought two verses to mind and with these verses brought to mind my question about Paul's writings on bond service that I have been asking him for a couple of weeks:

Romans 12:1: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship."

And

I Corinthians 6:20: "for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."

As I thought about these verses and I thought more about what I was presenting to the Lord, I so quickly realized how selfish I was acting. You see, in my prayers to God, I found myself presenting {and almost complaining} what I wanted in these situations. I found myself presenting even what I thought I deserved in these situations. And I found myself sharing my weariness, desires, and hurts overall. And while there is nothing wrong with presenting our hurts to God, it is so important to do so with an open heart, ready for correction and ready for him to speak.

And speak he did.

God spoke into my hurt by reminding me of my question to him about Paul and his writings about being a bondservant, bought by Christ's blood. Called to be a living sacrifice.

As I was presenting my concerns to the Lord, he reminded me that I asked him what it looked like to honor him in exchange for him paying the price for our sins. And in such a gentle way, he said, "This is what it looks like."

When you think you've been wronged and you have to sacrifice being right.

When you believe you deserve more {and maybe you do} in a situation and you don't complain.

When you have been betrayed by someone you trusted and you choose to respond in love.

When you choose to forgive, love, and give to someone who has hurt you.

This is all what it looks like.

How do I honor him with my body, as a living sacrifice, in exchange for him paying the ultimate price? By dying myself. Dying to being right in situations. Dying to what I want. Dying to holding on to bitterness. Dying to anger.

And I willingly die as an expression of love and gratitude to the Lord for dying for me. You see, as I said these verses over and over in my mind, He reminded me that he bought me back from death with the blood of his one and only Son. He wanted me back for himself so much that he died for me.

I don't know about you, but the thought of that overwhelms me. How precious must I be to him that he would die for me?

And now, I belong to him. But, I don't just belong to him like someone purchases something, a mere transaction of sorts. I belong to him as someone who is loved and cherished. I belong to him as a daughter who was fought for, sacrifice for, and died for.

He died for me. Took my penalty. One I continue to deserve by my daily actions.

And I just might need to die in a few situations to honor him and to show my gratitude for his death.

In fact, when someone goes to such great lengths to save me from peril, shouldn't I want to repay him with my life? Shouldn't I want to die in a few situations to honor his death for me?

So, what does Paul mean when he says that we are to honor him, as a living sacrifice, in exchange for being ransomed?

It means that I belong to Christ now. He owns me.

And I am so grateful to belong to the One who loves me so much to purchase me back from death. Paul understood that. And by the grace of God, I am beginning to also. And like Paul, I desire with my whole heart, to pour out my one life in gratitude to the One who paid it all.

I am a bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Bought by him and willingly serving him out of my gratitude for the price he paid for me. And serving him daily, as someone who belongs to him, oftentimes means sacrificing our positions, our wants, and our honor.

So that we can honor him.

Oh how I want to honor God in all of my actions. Both public and private, I want to live a life worthy of the price that Jesus paid for it. And like Paul, I desire so much to get to the end of my life and know that I poured it out for the One who bought me back from my deserved death. I know it will often require sacrificing my own needs and wants, but in every circumstance and in every relationship, I want to honor and glorify the One who gave me a gift that I can never repay.

And focusing on my gratitude to Jesus helps me die to self. Helps me with that little selfishness problem that can pop up every now and then.

I am a bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Bought by the blood of Christ. And striving to spend my one life in service and gratitude to him.

I deserve death.

But I have been given life.

And in exchange for that gift, I give him my one life back. He owns me. In all circumstances.






Memorize this verse today:

"For God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."
~I Corinthians 6:20



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