“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What does it mean to waste your life? If you are a Christian, you are not your own. Christ has bought you at a price of his own death. You now belong doubly to God: He made you, and he bought you. That means your life is not your own. It is God’s. therefore, the Bible says, “Glorify God in your body.” God made you for this. He bought you for this. This is the meaning of your life. That is what Jesus Christ offers: doubly belonging to God, and being able to do what you were made for. It was not always plain to me that pursuing God’s glory would be virtually the same as pursuing my joy. Now I see that millions of people waste their lives because they think these paths are two and not one. There is a warning. The path of God-exalting joy will cost your life. Jesus said, “Whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” In other words, it is better to lose your life that to waste it. If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, but your joy will be full. What would it mean to live well, not to waste your life, but to live for the glory of God? Take time this morning to examine your life. How would your life be any different if you chose to live well for the glory of God. The challenge from Paul this morning, “you are not your own, you were bought at a price, so glorify God.” Make the decision to live well all day today.