You have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
–1 Corinthians 6:20
In Romans 12:1, Paul said, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Why would we set aside ourselves for God’s use? Paul said the motivation for this sacrifice is “the mercies of God.” In other words, because of the mercy God has shown us in salvation, we have the obligation to reserve ourselves for God’s use. Think about it: when there was nothing in you worth loving, God set His affection on you. When you and I deserved nothing but damnation, God offered us salvation. And because of that, we have an obligation to God.
In 1 Corinthians 6:20, Paul wrote, “You have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” God has purchased you and me. He owns you and me. He has the right to reserve us for His use.
In 1 Peter 1:18-19, Peter explained, “You were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” “Redeemed” is a Greek term that means “to buy out of the marketplace.” It referred to those who were slaves. In Paul’s day, slaves would be brought to the marketplace, where they would be auctioned off like animals. A slave owner would come and pick out the slave he wanted. He would pay the right amount of gold or silver, and he would buy that slave. Then he could do whatever he wanted to with that slave. He could work him to death. He could torture him. He was free to do whatever he wanted to with that slave because he had bought that slave with a price. The slave went from the slave market to more slavery.
The Bible says you and I were born as slaves to Satan. We were all headed for an eternity of misery and death. But God in His mercy, for no other reason than the great love with which He loved us, sent Jesus Christ to redeem us, to purchase us, to buy us out of the slave market of sin. Why? So that we can be free to serve ourselves, to do whatever we want to do? No. God still owns us. He has redeemed us. He has purchased us not to do our will but to do His will.
I want you to stop and consider for just a moment what God has done for you. Think about the circumstances that led to your salvation. Think about where your life was headed before you knew Christ, and what He has done for you since that time. Do you realize how much you are indebted to the mercy of God? In the hymn “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross,” Isaac Watts wrote these words: “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” Our motivation for offering our bodies as a sacrifice to God is the indescribable mercy of God.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “What To Do When You Feel The Squeeze” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2014.
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