Jesus, in defense of his own life and ministry, makes a surprising confession to his opposition, “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me” (John 5:30). Even the perfect God-man, the Son of God, saw that his life and even his mission wasn’t his own, to serve his own purposes, but was a result of His good and loving Father. His Father gave and empowered all that he possessed and even a ministry that would be fulfilled to the Father’s glory in the sending of the Son.
As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called into a salvation that is not a result of our doing (Eph 2:8) but of the greater work of Jesus Christ, to boil over into worship and exaltation of our God.
The apostle Paul, writing to combat sexual immorality and paint a holistic picture of God’s possession of his people 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” (1 Cor 6:19-20).
The gospel looks us square in the eyes and declares, “You are not your own,” and then it sends us to live it out through the mundane stuff of our everyday lives.
The reality is that believers in Jesus are saved into a new name and a new identity that changes everything about how we live and act and steward all that we have in this life. Even this very life is no longer ours, but serves as a means for us to glorify and make much of Jesus in and through all that God has graciously given us. We are called to live our lives with open hands knowing that all things are a means to worshiping our great God.
The goal of this series is to show how the gospel leads us to live open handed with our lives and every single thing we possess. For, the gospel looks us square in the eyes and declares, “You are not your own,” and then it sends us to live it out through the mundane stuff of our everyday lives.
I encourage you to begin spending some focused time praying as we journey through this series. Our tendency is to cling to our stuff and our rights. The gospel calls us to embrace the reality that we are not our own. Let’s pray together that the Holy Spirit would work this into our hearts and then out through our lives.
And then do this: make an effort to be involved in Sunday gatherings, community groups and active obedience to the Spirit as He challenges us to live, not as our own, but as people who have been purchased by the costly blood of Jesus.