I thought I’d try something new- give you a bit more to “chew on” from Sunday’s message. If you missed it, you can listen to the message by clicking on the “Resources” tab on the home page. This whole idea of being a slave of Jesus- it’s gotten me thinking. I trust it’s affecting you as well…
Sunday we talked about our resistance to being told what to do, to having someone else be “the boss of me”. Are you by nature more of a rule-follower or a rule-breaker? Why do you think that is?
When it comes to God, how comfortable are you with the idea of Him “calling the shots” in your life? Can you think of an area that you have more readily obeyed God? How about an area in your life that’s been difficult for you to follow God’s direction? What was different?
Read through 1 Corinthians 6:12-19 a couple of times. The first words of verse 12, “I have the right to do anything” or “All things are lawful” was apparently a common saying in Corinth at that time, and it had found its way into the church. Do you similarities between that culture and ours?
The church at Corinth had apparently become mastered by its appetites- for food, for sex, for “stuff”, among others. What are appetites that master people today? What about you- what appetites are strongest in you? How can they take over in your life?
Paul then reminds these Christ-followers that their true Master is Jesus- that they belong to Him. Think about these words, “You are not your own, you were bought with a price.” What reactions stir inside you when you read them? The idea of being owned by Jesus should give us pause.
What does it mean to you that Jesus “owns” your life?
Are there areas that Jesus, Your Master, would want to speak into? What are they? Take some time to sit with Jesus on this. Reflect with Him on your life and what He might want to do with it.