1 Corinthians 6; 1 Kings 19; Amos 3:3-4:3
As Paul writes to the church at Corinth he has to deal with an interesting situation. Christian views on the body diverged with some thinking that because the body is flesh and not the spirit that we needed to ignore our bodies’ needs and wants and live like ascetics; others believed that whatever we did with the body didn’t matter because it wasn’t the spirit. Those in the second group were living lifestyles that set them apart from society in a bad way and yet the Corinthians were proud of their “freedom.” They might have gotten along well with people today who use the mantra “my body, my rules,” or “my body, my choice.” As Paul deals with all of the choices this faction has been making, he warns them about sexual immorality of all kinds. He then reminds them that they don’t get to live by their own rules. “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) As followers of Jesus we have been filled by the Holy Spirit. We chose that filling the day we turned to Christ. There are consequences to all choices and the consequences of turning to Christ are all good. One of those consequences, though, is that we are to live by God’s rules and not the expectations of society. Our world casually accepts all kinds of behavior that is not acceptable to God. The reason those behaviors are wrong is not that God wants to take away our fun – it’s that He wants the best for our lives. We must realize that we don’t live by our own rules, but by the will of God who bought us at a great price. Don’t envy the world it’s “freedom;” pity the world in its self-destructive behavior and love them in Jesus.
Lord, how often I see others who don’t follow You and wonder why I can’t live that way. Remind me that I no longer live by my rules but that Ihave the freedom to live in obedience to You. I am no longer bound by sin, but free to live for You and walk with You daily. Let my life show the joy in that lifestyle every day.