1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Buying and Selling

How does it feel when you buy that object you’ve long wanted? You bring it home and use it joyfully. You take care of it. Whether a new piece of electronics or a new sofa, the item brings a sense of completeness. You wanted something; now you have it.

When thinking about the way the things we purchase make us feel, it is interesting to consider the metaphor Paul uses in Corinthians. God bought us with a high price.

What would your new piece of technology or your sofa say if it animated? How would it react knowing it was selected for a purpose and that it would be useful in the world?

We are useful and have a purpose in the world.

Paul calls our body a temple of the Holy Spirit. The temple is a place of worship, communion, and replenishment. If we honor our body as God’s temple, shouldn’t we too reflect worship, communion, and replenishment?

How might you put your work to good use to honor God? How might your purpose in the world reflect the desires of God, bringing proof to the high price he paid to you?

Our work means something more than a paycheck; it means we can promote the worship, communion, and replenishment of the physical temple in our every day activities.

Church on a Sunday is the starting point. The work of your hands and the encouragement of your words creates the Church Monday through Friday.

Photo Credit: Brandon Morgan

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