Yesterday we said that as members of Christ’s body, we are to do our part. He has sanctified us, which means that God has been at work in our lives because God loves us too much to let us stay the same. Just as the temple of old was sanctified for God’s use (set apart for an specific purpose), our bodies, which are temples of the Holy Spirit, are set apart for God’s holy purposes. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor 6:19-20)
One thing we must understand is we are not our own. Nothing we have, even our life, belongs to us. Everything we have belongs to God. What we are given in this life is given to us to manage, not own. “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.” (Matt 25:14-15)
We are accountable for what we are given, and someday we must answer to Christ regarding what we have done with what we have been given. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” (Luke 12:48b)
The question that has been laid upon my heart this morning is what am I doing with what I have been given? Do I understand that I’ve been given these things, even my life, so that God will be glorified and His kingdom will increase here on earth?
Lord, thank You for this reminder this morning and all this week. You have placed me where I am to allow You to shine through me so that Your kingdom will increase and You will thereby be glorified. Lord, my part is for me to walk in the steps You’ve put before me, and to humble my individuality to Your purposes. And I do that Lord because all that I see, smell and touch belongs to You. Thank You for ransoming me. Please use me as You will for Your kingdom purposes. In Jesus’ name, amen.