1 Corinthians 6:19-20
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? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Many people make claims on things, putting their name on something to designate that it is theirs and no one else can have it. People that mine for gold and other jewels stake a claim so that no one else can take anything valuable from their land. We put our names on everything from a property deed to a test in school. “Property of” is stamped on library books or other items that are merely loaned out. Ownership is something important and valuable in our society.
We like our stuff, and we like to keep it and protect it. But when we surrender to God and begin a relationship with Christ as our Savior, we are no longer our own. God puts His name on us and claims us as His “property.” We no longer have the right to control our body or our spirit, for they are now in God’s possession. In a sense, we are borrowing our own lives. They’re to be used for God to glorify Him and serve Him. Think about the magnitude of the title that He gives to us as His own redeemed children.
Sometimes neighbors will have disputes over property lines, maybe even just a few feet of land. But we shouldn’t argue with God over how much of our lives we are willing to give to Him. He paid the ultimate price in giving His Son for us. He paid a high cost, which means we are very, very valuable to Him. In return, we should gladly give Him what is rightfully His. Our possessions are important to us, and God feels the same way about His. But we are more than just an object to Him. He loves us as a father loves a son, not like a merchant loves his goods. And He wants us to serve Him not like a dutiful employee, but with a grateful heart.
Usually when we borrow something from someone else, we are more careful with it so that we can return it in good condition. We should have this same mind-set with regard to our lives here on Earth. God has given them to us to use, so let’s not be careless with them. Let’s not corrupt the temple of the Holy Spirit with sinfulness. Let’s not waste our time and our talents on worthless pursuits. Let’s seek to serve our Lord with love and thankfulness and not dishonor His sacred possession.