You are not your own…You’ve been bought with a high Price

 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.

19 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;

20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Paul spent most of this chapter devoted to the importance of fleeing from sexual immorality – a sin which is violent destroying young people all over the world. So many people believe they can do whatever they want with their body because it’s their own. Satan has tricked young people into defiling their bodies for a fleeting moment of pleasure and self-satisfaction. Young people have become ignorant to the fact that they have been bought by a high price – that price is the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

Listen to these words of Nate Saint written over 50 years ago:

                             ” If God didn’t hold back His only Son, but gave Him up to pay the price for our sin and failure, then how can we Christians hold back our lives – the lives he really owns??”

The world is dying for a Savior, yet so many Christians go about living “business as usual” lives, never walking in the High calling of the Lord Almighty. It’s time the Western Church begins to live out it’s destiny and step into the reality that when suffering and persecution increases – sinning decreases! The world can do nothing to a Christian who has no fear of man. Jesus never said it would be easy!

Jesus…my life for you!

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AMOS 5:21-24 What are you doing about it??

21 “I hate all your show and pretense—
      the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies.
 22 I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings.
      I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings.
 23 Away with your noisy hymns of praise!
      I will not listen to the music of your harps.
 24 Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice,
      an endless river of righteous living.

I just stumbled across this verse a few days ago and I can’t get it out of my mind. It expresses everything that’s been bottled up inside me, just waiting to be released. I’m sick of all the role-playing and religiosity that plagues the American Church. Too many people get stuck in the rut of mediocrity and luke-warm Christianity. We go through the motions on Sunday- say the prayers, sing the songs, repent for a weeks worth of sins and then go on with our lives with little to no change taking place. 

Shouldn’t the love we express to the Lord in worship compel us to change? Shouldn’t the songs we sing on Sunday be lived out Mon. -Sat? We’ve got to get to a place with the Lord where our worship begins to drive our lives, propelling us towards the demolishing of social injustices throughout the globe.

I love what the Lord says here in Amos, “I want to see a mighty flood of Justice, and an endless river of Righteous Living.” I have been wrestling with the idea of worship and justice, and how it is impossible for one to live without the other. Worship brings forth Justice. They are absolutely coexisting units. How can we worship the Lord with one hand and with the other hand do nothing about the injustices around the world? There’s thousands of young children being exploited in the sex trafficking business – What are we doing about it?? There’s millions and millions of starving children in Africa who have no family and are fighting to stay alive while an aids epidemic runs rampant – What are we doing about it? Millions of children right here in America can’t find love and affirmation from their parents so they run the streets, turning to drugs, alcohol, sex, and stealing – What are we doing about it?

God, teach us how to love!! May our worship of you compel us to bring justice to those who are exploited and to Fathering the orphan and the poor. Mercy Lord,     Mercy!