I have been meditating lately on verses that say I am not my own; I belong to Jesus, body and soul. One example is 1 Corinthians 6:19-20–“You are not your own, for you were bought at a price.” This particular verse addresses sexuality. Christians do not have the right use their bodies in any way they please. It is hard to be more concrete about the fact that we are not our own. If my body isn’t even mine to command, what doesn’t come under God’s purview?
Where I work, who I marry, the city I live in, how I spend my free time…none of these are up to me. Do I stay in or leave a trying situation? Where do I fellowship? How does God want to show His love to the world through me? It is not for me to answer these questions. It is for the Lord to answer them.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10).
I would balance all this by saying that the Lord cares about me. He cares about my desires, and no one knows better than Him what makes me happy. I can point to countless instances where God has blessed me with what my heart desired, whether it directly benefitted His kingdom or not. Still, God’s eternal plan doesn’t revolve around my happiness. If I am my own, if self-determination is the way I live, then I don’t have God, I have options.
God! The very word precludes autonomy. Yet I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked the Lord what to do or how to proceed only to have Him say, “What do you want to do?” Other times it’s, “Do what you’d like.” God holds all the power, all the cards. But His heart is to share, to give us a spot on His throne (Rev. 3:21). For Him, being with us is more important than being over us.
Knowing the tender, loving Master Jesus is helps. We are not our own. We belong to someone infinitely better. It is far more worthwhile to give my life to Jesus than to myself. Growing in this mindset is growing spiritually.
“When you were young, you would tie your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you and carry you where you don’t want to go” (John 21:18).