It seems that during our 20′s, we are on a course to find our purpose in life. As we get into our 30’s we’re supposed to have life figured out. In our generation that is becoming less and less true. We’re constantly told that a number of things will give us fulfillment in our lives. This can be a job, spouse, financial stability, house, car or anything else. The problem is that we can look around and see very unhappy people with all of these things!
The PurchaseIn 1 Corinthians chapter 6, Paul is addressing sexual sin within this church body at Corinth. He’s trying to give them perspective on what being a follower of Christ means not just to our spiritual lives, but to our bodies and physical lives.
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
Paul brings up the fact that our lives were bought through the blood of Christ. The cost of redemption was high. The cost of bringing our lives back to relationship with God the Father was expensive. We weren’t bought with money or a currency that would fade away. We were bought with the death of the Son of God.
When we read the account of the crucifixion of Christ, we see that the earth was affected when this payment transaction took place. It says that the skies grew dark and the earth shook and the temple veil was torn in two. This wasn’t a simple exchange of a couple dollars. This was a transaction that would define history.
We no longer allow sin to define us a people. We no longer find our identity with the world because the world has given nothing for us. The world has paid nothing for us so we will not be a slave to what it offers.
The PurposeThe high price was paid knowing that we would play a vital role in this world. At the end of Matthew 28 Jesus gives us our marching orders.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Jesus is speaking to his disciples, His followers, on their role and purpose in light of His sacrifice. Our lives have to be reoriented to understanding that the cost of this relationship with God was a high price. Wandering around aimlessly and asking the world to show us our worth is not going to fly when we have a relationship with The Creator of the world.
The PowerThis command that Christ gives might scare us because it’s so far from the life that we’ve lived for the past 20 years. Don’t believe for a second that you are doing this on your own.
God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
The transaction that took place leaves us with Spirit of God. He is the driving force that gives us wisdom, power and transformation that we need as followers of Christ. God has made that deposit into our lives so that we don’t walk this path alone. God identifies us as his own, his sons and daughters.
It’s humbling to know that such a high price was paid for me when I was still hostle to who God is. In light of this purchase, we all have a purpose that can’t be defined by anything that the world has to offer.