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April 3 – A Heart Fully Devoted To Him

April 3, 2012

If I were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict me?  The issue is not whether I have ever been down the aisle, ever been baptized, or if I have gone to church for years.  The issue is this:  Have I really been saved?  Have I been born again of the water and of the Spirit; and is there observable evidence that the Holy Spirit is producing his work in me?

Consider 1 Cor 6:9-20 (ESV):

…do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” – 1 Cor. 6:9-11

The good news is that any sin can be forgiven.  God will accept and forgive even me of my sin.  But that’s only half story.  God loves me too much to leave me in sin.  When I was saved, the Holy Spirit came to live in me and the result should be an ever-changing life!

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.  “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”–and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” – 1 Cor. 6:12-13

The Corinthians were no doubt dealing with these questions, who were contending that as “spiritual” Christians (quite likely evidenced in their minds by speaking in tongues) they no longer had to worry  about the narrow rules of the past.  Christ had set them free.  Paul agrees with the principle but not the conclusion.  They were free from the limiting rules of man-made religion, but not the call to a holy life before Christ.  He also sets me free from man-made religion.  But He does not set me free to live an immoral life.  Paul instructs that there are still limits.  Only now the limits are within the heart, not on outside works.  What I do, how I live, how I walk and how I talk matter.  It reflects upon Christ and the church.  But praise God, with Him living in me, I can overcome these things and live a life that properly reflects the values of a Christian; not by my power, but by His.

“And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!  Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”  But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.  Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.  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. 6:14-20

The way I live is important because I am not my own.  I have been purchased; I do not belong to myself.  I belong to God.  My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  I have been consecrated, set apart for him.  Interesting to note that the term for temple refers to the most inner part of the Jewish temple, the place where God’s presence was manifest.  That part of the temple was restricted territory.  Not just anyone could enter it any time.  It was Holy.  It was a sanctuary.  What a beautiful picture to understand!

This is why my heart must be fully devoted to Him.  I am not to desecrate it, but keep it pure and clean.

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