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Friday, April 15, 2016

Saved for a Purpose

In review of 1 Corinthians 6:20 it says, Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body."

Bottom Line:
Don’t squander what God paid such a high price for. There is a purpose for your Life.

What this means to me:
I belong to God, as such I should not squander what God paid such a high price for. I must honor God and let people see God in and through me. God has a purpose for me.

What I’m learning is that there is an amazing paradox to God’s grace. First It’s absolutely free to all who come to Jesus in faith. Yet this grace of God is the costliest gift any of us could ever receive. It cost God’s Son his life.

So in light of what Jesus has done for us, how should I respond? I believe the first is gratitude. One way to show this to God is by making my life count.

It would be really hard to understand the grace of God and the high price he paid if I’m living how I want to live, ignoring what Jesus had told me or with wasting my life on thing that in the end won’t really matter.  Today’s verse says, “Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20 MSG).

After the failed assassination attempt against him, President Ronald Regan said, “I have a new sense that I was spared for a purpose and that all my time belonged to God after that.”

I should adopt for myself that same sense of purpose. Because of what Jesus did for me on the cross, I was spared for a reason: to make a difference with my life. Jesus didn’t die on the cross so that I could go on living any way I wanted to. He made and he redeemed me for a specific purpose. At the end of my life, he will hold me accountable for how I fulfilled that purpose.

This reminds me of 1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (NIV). I was given spiritual gifts, abilities, education, and relationships for a reason, and that was to help other people and tell them about Jesus. Ultimately God saved me so he can use me.

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