Leave the Choice To the Owner
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It's the issue that may decide who's the senator or congressman in many states. It may decide who the governor is in some states. The battle lines are drawn around the issue of abortion.
Oh, it's not taxes, or defense spending, or civil rights, or homelessness. The most emotional issue oftentimes in our country revolves around that new life that some woman carries inside of her right now. Oh, there's been demonstrating, banners, chants, and slogans. But underneath it all there are actually two logics that war with each other. Pro-life says that a human life is there from conception and no one has the right to destroy that life. And then the pro-choice people say that the person whose body it is should decide what is done with that body. Well, actually, in a sense they're both right.
Our word for today from the Word of God: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20. "Flee from sexual immorality..." God here says, "...all other sins that man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is the 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. Therefore, honor God with your body."
Well, this passage settles once and for all the issue of whose body you're walking around in. That's not your body; "you are not your own" the Bible says. You have been made by God, so you are His by creation. You've been paid for by God with the purchase price of His own Son on the cross, so you've been purchased by Him.
Now, the pro-choice advocates use this logic: the person whose body it is should decide what is done with it. Well, I do agree with that! Because, see, if that happened, we wouldn't have many abortions to decide about, because God says sexual love is reserved for the fence of marriage; it is reserved for married people committed to each other for a lifetime. And if God is the owner, and we let the owner of the body decide what we do with that body, well then there won't be any babies conceived outside of marriage. There will be very few unwanted babies.
Psalm 139 and other passages in the Bible make it very clear that from the very beginning God initiates a new life at conception, and He reserves the right to end any life that He starts, but only the one who starts the life has that right - the creator, the purchaser. And His choice for your body is that it remain pure. It's not yours to mess around with. His choice for that body that is His really, is that sex be kept special; that you don't flirt with sexual sin by seeing how far you can go; first base, second base, third base as the teenagers say. And then quickly try to throw the transmission into reverse just as you get to the edge so you can remain a technical virgin.
No, you don't do that with God's body. When we use sex outside the boundaries of marriage, we start a chain reaction of guilt, loss of respect, loss of intimacy, future relationships, and ugly choices.
Our body - our life - belongs to Jesus Christ. The Bible says, "You were created by Him and for Him." He made us; He paid for us with His life. We leave the choices about our body, about our future to Him. But you see, we haven't lived that way. And someone may be listening right now and saying, "Ron, if I had it to do over again, I would do it very differently." We all bear the guilt and the shame of the places we have done it other than God's way. And the good news is that while God hates the sin that we do, He so loves us, the sinners. The Bible says that, "Christ died for us while we were yet sinners." He died for you.
This could be a day when everything you've ever wished you could ever get rid of, you could leave at His cross - a new beginning. You might have started listening dirty, but by the end of this day you'll be clean, because you've been forgiven by the One who died for everything you've ever done. Yes, even that thing. Why don't you tell Him today, "Jesus, I want to belong to you. Forgive me. You died for me; I'm yours."
Go to our website YoursForLife.net. You'll find some great spiritual encouragement there for a time like this. Let this be the day that you're clean.
© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
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