Whose Kingdom is It?

16 Feb

Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own;  for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body  1 Corinthians 6:19,20

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.  Romans 12:1

1 Corinthians 6:19,20 may be speaking of sexual sins, but using Romans 12:1 we can think of it in a much broader context:  all that our body says and does.

When my kingdom is at stake–my reputation, my quest for being loved–there is much to lose.  Out of fear I commit myself to self-protection.  Does this sound familiar?  When the things we value are threatened, we protect them.  In this case it is the same as protecting ourselves.  The alternative is to lose my kingdom and be a simple servant of the Most High God.  His kingdom is never threatened because he is all-powerful and he doesn’t need anything from us.  He calls us to love and worship him, but he doesn’t need it in the sense that we talk about needing love and affirmation. –Edward T. Welch, Running Scared

Last night Mike spoke a friend who has a degenerative, fatal disease.  His wife said, “You know, we never know how much time we’ll be given.   Jesus is still on the throne!!”  They are a great example to me of people who have presented their bodies as a living sacrifice.

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