1 Corinthians 6: Bought with a Price
Christians seem to have one of two reactions to the free gift of salvation that we have received from God. One reaction is to be incredibly grateful for what God has done. Of course, that is the preferable one. It is good and right for those of us who have put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ to appreciate everything that he has done for us.
The other option is what Paul speaks against at the end of 1 Corinthians 6.
1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
We forget that we have been bought with a price. We forget that we need to be thankful. We take salvation for granted, and we almost take our motto of “you get what you pay for” literally. We think that because salvation is free, it is cheap. That could not be more wrong. It is free, but it is also infinitely valuable.
What does that mean for us? I think it certainly calls us to think about our own behavior. Do we try to glorify God in all areas of our lives? Do we just go to church on Sunday morning but then follow a different master the rest of the week? I hope not, but I do think all of us are guilty of that on some level. We all create idols that we follow occasionally.
Maybe that should be our goal. We should try to remember where our priorities should lie. If we make that our target, we can develop the attitude of gratefulness that Paul seems to be encouraging in this passage.