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You Are Not Your Own!

Jon Crocker
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Not Complicated

In 2010, at the first wedding I attended outside the United States, the wedding coordinator handed me a large bag of jumbled cables, pointed to an electric keyboard, large outdoor event speakers, a wireless microphone, and a large mixing board with knobs, sliders, buttons, and ports, and very kindly asked, “Do you think you could handle all this?” I do not believe I had ever touched a mixing board. I had no experience at all with audiovisual equipment. But there was no one else available, and the ceremony was scheduled to begin in two hours, so I gladly accepted the task (after attempting to lower her expectations!). Before the ever-present internet and its accompanying YouTube tutorials, my battle plan consisted of the tried-and-not-always-true method known as “trial and error.” If you have ever seen one of those stories where the child (or mischievous adult) queries, “What does this button do?” as he pushes the button, you can rather easily imagine the next hour of my life. “Try this cable there—no, there—no, wrong cable.” Fortunately, nothing blew up, and the bride soon marched down the aisle to a triumphant trumpet processional (which, I am told, was not quite loud enough for those in the back). I need to face it: I am a light switch kind of guy. On or off—this I can handle.

Many conceive of the Christian life as complicated. In one sense, there is some truth in that. The Bible is large and diverse, the church magnificent, our flesh evil, the world hateful, our enemy opposed, the needs around us limitless, and our riches in Christ inexhaustible. We can—and should—spend our whole lives seeking, learning, and growing, while realizing with awe that we will never fully understand an infinite God and His eternal plan. So, “complicated” is accurate. But we should never press that to mean that our lives will be a jumble of formulas requiring endless trial and error to find God’s will and live in a way that honors Him.

Foundation

Yes, there is complexity, but we must also realize that there is a foundational issue that is as simple as a light switch. The final phrase of 1 Corinthians 6:19 asserts this foundational issue in five short words: “You are not your own.” Have you ever taken time to contemplate the significance of those five simple words? In its context in 1 Corinthians 6, this principle serves as an argument for sexual purity, but theologically, this phrase encompasses all of life and serves as the foundation for all our thoughts, desires, plans, relationships, and decisions. Sadly, many of us live as if our lives were our own. We think and talk of my job, my bank account, my marriage, my ministry, my house, my church, my car, my books, my phone, and on and on. Not only do we think and talk like that, but we live as if those things really belong to us and as if we have the right to do with them what we wish. But I am not my own. If you profess to know Christ, you must not live as if your life were yours to plan and direct. This is not complicated: You are not your own.

Motivation

Verse 20 explains what happened to Christians to produce this change in ownership. You are not your own for you have been bought with a price. I once belonged to Satan and to his domain of darkness. I was once held captive by him to do his will. I was once a slave of sin. I was once a child of disobedience and a child of wrath. But Jesus loved me and gave Himself for me as an offering and sacrifice to God. He took my place under God’s infinite wrath. He poured out His precious blood to rescue me from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire. I belong to Christ, the glorious, gracious, loving, powerful Savior of sinners such as I. Praise His name: I am His and He is mine!

Is that your testimony? Have you experienced this redemption by the blood of Jesus? If so, then you are not your own, because you have been bought with a price. Now you belong to Jesus.

You will never find a greater motivation to give your whole life for His blessed cause. He did not leave you in your sin, to suffer God’s wrath forever. He purchased you with the price of His own blood. Dear brother or sister in Christ, Jesus won our complete devotion by His infinite love. Jesus bought your full consecration when He wiped out your debt forever. You can happily, confidently, daily surrender your whole life to Him because you are His.

Application

Verse 20 ends with a phrase of application. You are not your own, because Jesus bought you with His blood. Therefore, glorify God. He has done these marvelous things for you in Christ. Therefore, orient your whole life toward His glory. Make the exaltation of God’s name the great aim of your life, and let His glory guide your every decision and ambition. All Christians should live fervently for God’s glory in their homes, their neighborhoods, their jobs, and their local churches. All should urgently use their resources and time to extend God’s kingdom by giving and by prayer. But, oh, how this poor world needs—from among all Christians—many who will lay aside every other pursuit and take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Should you be one of them? Contemplate that question and answer it.

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