Psalm: 93, 96
Old Testament: Jeremiah 6:9-15
New Testament: 1 Cor 6:12-20

Do you not know that your body is a temple* of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body. (Romans 6:19-20)

One thing that I find kind of shocking in the wording here is that Paul tells us that we have been bought. This seems to fly in the face of virtually every modern sensibility. Generally, in North America, we don’t tend to think of any human being as property that can be purchased or sold. Didn’t abolition rid us of that???

While that might hold true for us, the society in which Paul found himself was working out of a very different mindset. Wealthy individuals could own vast tracts of land and countless numbers of slaves. We must not forget that the original authors of the text, didn’t necessarily intend to speak to a 21st century audience.

With all of that said….look at some of the implications of what Paul says. If we are not our own person…..if we don’t have full ownership rights. who does????

The answer (as is so often the case in Churchland) is Jesus ;).

In our baptismal right, after the candidate has been cleansed with water, we mark them with holy oil saying:

I sign you with the cross, and mark you as Christ’s own forever.

It is Jesus himself who adopts us as his own. We are bought by his Blood to be saved from our sins, and given a visible sign of that promise in baptism.

One of the things that I have learned in the past few years is that living the Christian life is about slowly realizing this call. That our bodies and minds are not to be used lightly…but rather to be respected, loved, and nurtured. It is to be nurtured because it is not simply our individual needs that need to be satisfied, and we are not the only ones with a stake in our actions.

God too is affected by the way in which we take care of ourselves in all aspects of life; physically, emotionally and spirituality. We are the hands and feet of God in this frail world…let us take that responsibility seriously. 🙂 +