Vincere = Bought with a Price
Vincere = Conquer in Latin
PART SIX OF SIX
Many times we are our own biggest enemy. But if we figure out how to conquer ourselves, we can conquer anything in this world.
We have been doing just that this week, talking about how to conquer ourselves in several areas: our heart, our mind, our tongue, and our actions. But as we progress forward, we must first take a step back.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
This passage is a principle and a command for sexual purity among Christians. If you were bought with the blood of the lamb; just remember, anything you do to your body can contaminate the temple of the Holy Spirit. However, this principle applies to more than just our sexual conduct. We have no right to abuse or be wasteful with what rightly belongs to God. Our bodies should be used to glorify God, in every situation. Charles Spurgeon said, “Your body was a willing horse when it was in service of the devil, let it not be a sluggish hack now that it draws the chariot of Christ.”
What can empower us more than knowing that God Himself lives in us through the Holy Spirit? We have power over the flesh because of this and should take great comfort in this truth. Our body is a temple. We draw the chariot of Christ.
Another thing we need to see is, since we are not our own, there is no such thing as a “private life,” apart from our life in Christ. My good friend Joley Vineyard shared a powerful post on Facebook this week called That’s What Christians Do, written in 1999 by Don Wildmon. Here is an exerpt:
“In 1973 The Supreme Court said it was ok to kill unborn babies. Since then, we have killed more than the entire population of Canada. And it continues. A woman’s choice? Half of those who have died in their mothers’ wombs have been women. They didn’t have a choice. It is called abortion. Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.
First it was in dingy, dirty theaters. Then, convenience stores. Then, grocery stores. Then on television. Now it is in the homes of millions via the Internet. It is called pornography.
Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.
They called it no-fault. Why should we blame anyone when something so tragic happens. Haven’t they already suffered enough? Half of the marriages in America end this way. The children suffered. The family broke down. It is called divorce.
Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.”
This is exactly what I am talking about; we must not compartmentalize our lives. Therein lies the problem Wildmon was talking about. I cannot live for Christ from 9:00am-noon on Sunday morning and sometimes on Wednesday night and expect to effect the culture and turn the world upside down. There cannot be a Sunday morning Phil Jones that is different than the Friday night Phil Jones that is different than the Monday morning Phil Jones. No one will want to know his testimony or why he follows this Jesus. I was bought with a price. My body is not my own. I am not my own. My Sunday morning , and my Friday night, and my Monday morning, and everything in between has to belong to the Lord and reflect Him.
I must seek permission for everything I put into and do to my body. I must seek the will of God for every decision I make. I must not compartmentalize my life as I am to seek to serve the Lord at all times. If we do not submit to the Lord, we risk becoming a hindrance instead of a help to His Kingdom work. We can, though, daily submit our temple to the kingdom work going on around us.
When we understand this, we can allow God to take hold of heart, our mind, our tongue, and our actions. After all, they do not belong to us anyway. This realization is how we conquer ourselves; we let the Lord Almighty do the conquering. Glory to God for conquering me. I hope you can say the same.
Just for today, be conscious about glorifying God in your body.
Tune in tomorrow for Song of Sunday.