“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19.
It’s a hard reality to accept that we’re not our own. It’s not that we don’t understand the words, “you are not your own,” it’s more of a case of the head understanding something that the heart won’t accept. But, difficult to accept or not, scripture makes it very clear that we’re not and never have been our own.
The book of Genesis tells us that God created us and on that basis we belong to him. The apostle Paul, in Acts 17:28, reminds us that it’s in God that “we live and move and have our being.” This dependence gives evidence to the truth of the premise that we’re not our own.
Then there’s the evidence of obedience. In Romans 6:16, Paul asks us, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey.” He then continues by telling us that if we sin we’re slaves to sin and Satan and if we’re righteous we’re slaves to righteousness and God. And we’ve all experienced the truth of this. For when sin’s in control of our lives it doesn’t seem to matter how much we love and want to do right by our friends and family we still, from our selfishness and wickedness, do things that are deeply hurtful to them. Many times I’ve said it and I’ve heard others say it, “I just couldn’t seem to stop myself.”
So when it comes to freedom we really only have one completely free choice. We can choose the master we’ll serve. After that it’s a matter of obedience. We’ll obey the master we have chosen and the result will be a life that reflects that choice. God does, however, leave the door open for us to change our minds. We can choose to change masters.
My nearly 50 years of experience has taught me that I’m much happier with the result of a life of service to God than I am a life lived to serve sin. As illogical as it may sound, I’ve found that there’s much greater freedom and liberty in the service of righteous than I’ve ever found in the service of self. It’s on the basis of this experience that I invite you, today, to choose Jesus.