We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV) This is a beautiful description of how the gospel brought transformation in the lives of the Thessalonian...
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Knowing that you will be raised in a resurrection body, how should you live life in your present body?
Recognize that you are wholly owned by Jesus Christ. Christ has the right to determine where you live and what you do. He bought you with his own blood, and over every area of your life Jesus Christ says, “Mine.” You are not your own! Your life is his to spend, and the great calling of your life is to glorify him.
So be done with everything that defiles your body or soul. “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1). Paul says, “since we have these promises,” not “since we have these rules.” He could have appealed to the law, but he is going for a higher motivation. There is a glorious future for your mind, so use your mind in a way that glorifies God. Don’t pollute your mind! Fill your mind with what is pleasing to God.
It’s the same with your body. Don’t use your body as a vehicle for sin (Rom. 6:13). Use your eyes, ears, hands, and feet in ways that honor Christ. Let your tongue speak words of kindness. Let your hands be a means of helping, not hurting, others.
Are you living life in your body as if it belongs to you, or as if it wholly belongs to Christ?