Have you ever thought about how much of our lives, thoughts, energy and emotions are consumed with thoughts about ourselves? We think about what we should have said, how others mistreated us, what do we get out of this, how situations are not fair for us, or how we can get ahead.

1 Cor. 6:19,20 challenges us, “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? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

If I am not my own, why do I live like everything is all about me? Perhaps the greatest challenge is that we live for ourselves and are consumed about thinking about ourselves because we actually think that we are what is the most important! Instead of realizing that God and His kingdom are the most important we put ourselves above Him and we make everything revolve around us. When we realize that we are bought with a price, we come to understand that we are purchased by One who has a greater purpose than what we were living for. We realize that there is One who is able to purchase us and hence has greater resources than we could ever have. He has come to rescue us by buying us out of the troubles caused by sin. A peace should come to us as we let this “other one” take our burdens and debts upon Himself. Lord Jesus, help us to live as those that are bought and owned by You. May this bring great peace to us.