As this new year begins, what would you think if I were to say to you: “Your life is not your own”?
Would you respond with defiance, saying: “Who do you think you are? You can’t say anything like that to me!”
Truthfully, the very idea that your and my lives are not our own is radically counter-cultural—and biblical.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:17,19: “But anyone who is joined to the Lord is one in spirit with him. You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own.” (CEV)
You are no longer your own. You are no longer your own. That thought has begun to grip my spirit.
What if? What if we really believed that? What if we truly embraced that?
How would it change the way our families live together? How would it change how we relate to friends? How would it change the way we do our jobs?
How would it change the way we talk and post about faith and politics and racism and justice? How would it change whom we are willing to forgive and whom we are not willing to forgive?
How would it change our pride and our greed and our anger, our envy and our gluttony and our laziness?
Here’s my plan. I’ve put at the top of my daily to do list for 2021 these words: “You are no longer your own.”
I wonder what difference it will make in my life in the new year. If you were to do the same, I wonder what difference it would make in yours.