Not Your Own

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 

It’s easy to glide right through these couple of verses of Scripture without truly contemplating the depth of their meaning.

In the words “you are not your own” and “you were bought with a price”, the clear reference to being a slave cannot be denied. And that is exactly what we are—slaves to the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, the Greek word kyrios (kurios), which is used in connection with Christ, denotes Lord and also denotes Master. The relationship between us and Christ is therefore established as Master-Slave. However, knowing this does not often equate to acting such a way. This lack of authentic behavior was the reason for Paul’s reminder to the Corinthian church.

For our own well-being, it is absolutely essential that we acknowledge God’s ownership. Failure to recognize our position in relationship to God will deeply affect our spiritual growth and development. If we can become secure in our positional stance, recognizing that we are not our own, we open the door of possibilities to a deep and intimate knowledge of our Creator and the love that flows out of this harmonious relationship.

Paul’s Corinthian letter was not the only Scriptural reference of such a relationship. In Ezekiel 18:4, the Lord declares His ownership of everyone’s soul and in Romans, Paul also reminded the Roman church that we belong to the Lord whether we live or die (Romans 14:8). Also, the Psalmist declared that as our Creator, we are His (Psalm 100:3).

Yes, we have been bought with a price. The blood of Christ has redeemed us, paid the price for all time so we can be cloaked in righteousness before a just and holy God (1 Peter 1:18-19; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:25). The price our Savior paid for us—His very life—should bind us to His mission with every waking fiber of our being.

And that is the most important part for us. We need to realize the responsibility that rests upon each and every one of us a child of God. If we are to truly live out our lives as the study verse indicates, we must first learn to yield to our own desires, then fully trust in the Lord to provide for us in all circumstances, and finally, be willing to submit in obedience to His will for our lives.

Fellow Christian, we ARE the Lord’s and we must not only recognize this, but acknowledge Him as our Lord, and as our Master. Abandon your own will for your life and freely submit to Him. In slavery to Jesus, we will truly understand what freedom really means (John 8:32).