1 Corinthians 6:19 and its environs are heard often:
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
Generally these verses are brought up to guilt young people in the church to not have sex, which is actually the context of the passage, so that’s at least encouraging.
Unfortunately, the context is broader and has more applications than to hormonal youths engaging in premarital sex. There is a phrase in that verse that would rock your world if you allowed it to.
It’s the five words at the end of the verse “ye are not your own.”
Let those words sink in a bit.
“Ye are not your own.”
You don’t belong to you! Want to know why Christianity is seldom actually lived? Because it means you don’t belong to yourself. Everything in our world tells you that you do belong to you.
You are the captain of your soul. At Subway you can “have it your way.” McDonalds used to tell you that “You deserve a break today,” apparently, with the economy the way it is these days they no longer think that, but they used to.
But imagine living life as though you belonged to someone else, as though you were property, as though you didn’t call the shots in your day. No, instead, you did what your owner told you.
Makes you feel like a slave doesn’t it? Ever wonder why Paul continually refers to himself as a bond-slave of Christ? Because Paul saw himself as that and he wants you to see that too.
You aren’t here for you. You don’t even belong to you. You are a steward of your own life, taking care of God’s property. As a believer in Jesus Christ, you now have Christ as your Master, your Lord, your Commanding Officer.
Ever listened to the words of Christ?! He says some pretty out there stuff. Paul, a slave of Christ’s, says that if any man consents “not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;He is proud, knowing nothing.”
People view the Sermon on the Mount as being impossible. It is–to your flesh. But when you have been indwelt by the Spirit of God Himself, the Sermon on the Mount sounds refreshingly wonderful as an alternative to the drivel the world is screaming.
Christian–you don’t belong to you. You have been bought. Do what your Master says.