Can I Really Do Things “My Way?”

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,
whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
For you were bought at a price;
therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit,
which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

There are a lot of books and movies and songs “out there” that declare our lives belong to us and we can do whatever we want with them. The problem with that popular concept is that it simply isn’t true, particularly if we have received Jesus as Savior and are trusting Him to one day get us into heaven.

I know. As Christians we say we don’t buy into that sort of all-about-me thinking, but do we live our lives accordingly? When circumstances or situations or various facets of authority get in our path and dare to suggest (or even demand) that we take a different direction, don’t we often react with an it’s-my-life-and-nobody-can-tell-me-how-to-live-it attitude? I must admit that’s sometimes my first reaction. But then I stop and ask myself, Do I really want to come to the end of my life and exit this world singing Frank Sinatra’s song about doing things my own way?

No, I don’t. I want to step into eternity and hear the Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” If I’ve lived life my own way, calling my own shots as if I owned my life and had to answer to no one but myself, I’m not going to hear those wonderful words of welcome. The Scriptures tell us we do not belong to ourselves because we have been “bought at a price.” That price was so costly that our finite human minds can scarcely begin to wrap around the enormity of it. The sacrifice was beyond measure—and it was paid by the One who owed us nothing. Every scourge of the whip, every taunt of the jeerers, every pounding of the nails was willingly and lovingly endured to buy my pardon—and yours. Had the price not been paid, this world and everyone who ever lived on it truly would be hopelessly and deservedly heading for hell in the proverbial hand basket. And there would be nothing we could do about it.

May that great price that bought our freedom, our redemption, our reunion with the Father be at the forefront of our thoughts and deeds this day, as we serve the One to whom we truly belong, making our choices according to His will and purposes, and not our own.

Macias
Copyright 2008 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 26 books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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