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Thursday, March 31, 2022

"Bought With A Price"

Message summary: As those who have been bought with a price let us glorify God with our bodies, for that is our ultimate worth!
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"You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies" (1 Corinthians 6:19,20).

Price sticker on vestLate yesterday morning after sending out our Daily Encouragement we attended a Lenten luncheon at a local church. Brooksyne saw me walking out the door and noticed a small red price sticker on my vest. She quickly removed it and checked the price which was a whopping 25 cents. Now I certainly think I'm worth more than that! Or am I?

In an article titled "How Much Are the Elements in Your Body Worth" a "Ph.D. Chemistry Expert" named Anne Marie Helmenstine asserts the going rate for the worth of elements in a body is just $1. (Of course this is before the recent inflation.)

However, the article "How Much Is A Human Body Part Worth?" determines the value of our body parts for transplants may be up to 45 million but that seems pretty incredible to me. For certain we are not offering financial advice and would not recommend trying to make your millions this way!

We regularly donate our blood which replenishes in 56 days, but apart from that we want to keep what we have to the end, if possible, although we do commend those who donate a kidney (you can live with just one) or a part of their liver (which grows back).

When I reach the end on this side of eternity to my knowledge my body will have no recycle value. In fact it will cost a pretty penny to dispose of the physical part of me that's left (I won't need that part anymore).

But what am I really worth? And this applies to each of you reading this and the billions who will never read it.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies". This is speaking of redemption. Simply put, "Christ paid a debt He did not owe and we owed a debt we could not pay". (See song below)

The Wycliffe Bible Commentary points out that "bought" is in the aorist tense and refers to Golgotha, where the price was paid once for all. "The figure is that of sacral manumission, whereby a slave, by paying the price of his freedom into the temple treasury, was regarded thereafter as the slave of the god and no longer the slave of his earthly master."

As Kenneth Wuest puts it,

"Our Lord’s precious, outpoured blood was the ransom paid to redeem slaves of sin from that slavery. His death satisfied the just demands of the High Court of Heaven, paying the penalty for the sinner, and making a way whereby a righteous God could be just and at the same time the justifier of the believing sinner."

My worth of ultimate importance is based on the price paid by Jesus Christ at the cross. My value is fixed because the ransom was fully paid for my sins.

"Therefore glorify God in your body". God gave us a body to live in during our earthly existence. Our purpose in this life is to glorify Him in our body. As the great Isaac Watts hymn "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" concludes,

Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my Soul, my Life, my All.

As those who have been bought with a price let us glorify God with our bodies, for that is our ultimate worth!

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, as You already know my worth is not in what I own, it's not in the strength of my flesh and bone, but it's in the costly wounds of Christ's love demonstrated on the cross. I will not boast in my wealth or might nor in my wisdom's fleeting light, but I will boast in knowing Christ at the cross who fully paid my ransom. Because of this I rejoice in my Redeemer, life's greatest treasure. He's the Wellspring of my soul so I will trust in Him, and no other. My soul is satisfied in Him alone. Therefore I freshly commit to glorifying You with my body, for that is my ultimate worth that I fully surrender to You. Amen.

Prayer adapted from the song, "My Worth Is Not In What I Own"

Brooksyne's Note: After I pulled the 25 cent price tag off of Stephen's vest I immediately recognized it to be a price tag from one of my purchases yesterday from the Gift and Thrift Store where I volunteer cashier. I was tempted to let him walk through the gymnasium where we have the luncheon and let someone else pull it off and make a good joke, but I decided to save him the embarrassment (or maybe not so much for a man as a woman).

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe"  Video  MVBC Youth Choir at Gateway Baptist, Boiling Springs, SC.  A song appropriate for every generation till the Lord returns! We might be singing this one in heaven, who knows! Caution for the Frozen Chosen - These young people are very enthusiastic!!!  They sing it like they really believe it.

Brooksyne's Note: This video is GREAT! When Stephen played it for me after I came home from choir last evening I was reminded of the Mountain Top church in Arkansas where all my relatives attended. Every Sunday the choir was made up of anyone who walked up to the platform with their hymnbook in hand after the song leader took his place to lead. The congregation was much smaller than in this video but our enthusiasm was just as hearty!

"My Worth Is Not In What I Own"  Video  Shane and Shane This song is written by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Graham Kendrick It, like so much of their music, is consistently thoughtful but let us especially muse on this stanza:
Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed - my ransom paid
At the cross
"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"  Video  Kathryn Scott

"For All He's Done"  Video  West Coast Choir

Research for this message for the scientifically-interested:

Follow-up to accident on Monday on I-81:  I-81 reopens after deadly pileup in Schuylkill during snow squall

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