Billy Joel sang, “I don’t care what you say anymore this is my life, Go ahead with your own life, leave me alone.” Western society screams, “It is my body, I can do with it what I want!” We then begin to sacrifice our bodies to the gods of: Pre-marital sexual relations, Extra-marital sexual relations, and Homosexual relations. The first two of these attribute to an number of Abortions in our society with those seeking abortions claiming that the growing human life that is inside of them is a parasite on their body in an attempt to justify the termination of that life.
We use the excuse of “it is my body” to rationalize and justify: Abuse of Tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs as well as the abuse of food and of fitness. We believe after all that “It is ALL about me!” – whatever “it” is. We are concerned only with what makes me happy or makes me comfortable. Something must be good if it will satisfy my convenience. I have MY RIGHTS after-all! It is all about me!
Or is it? Cf. 1Co 6:13-7:5. The Apostle Paul says, “you are NOT your own.”
- Husbands and Wives, you do not belong to you. You belong to each other. You are the property of your spouse. Cf. 1Co 7:4.
- Christians: We are Purchased, both body and spirit (1Co 6:19-20) by the blood of Christ (1Pe 1:18-19). You do not belong to you and I do not belong to me.
- We are now the home God’s Spirit, (1Co 6:19-20). Given as earnest for our future at the moment we obeyed the Gospel (cf. Act 2:38; Eph 1:13-14). This realization should impact the way we live.
- We are to glorify God in our bodies (1Co 6:20). Since we are members of Christ and He of us (1Co 6:13-15). We are to use our body for the Lord and NOT for ourselves. We are the people of his possession zealous for good works (Tit 2:14).
May we each seek to be a living sacrifice for God and not for self.