Today I am writing about a topic that is often difficult to believe…mostly because I am a little bit like all of these people.
However, the truth is that I don’t have the right to do whatever I want.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
– I Corinthians 6:19-20
I spent my entire shower tonight trying to find the correct way to explain this passage (we all know that the best ideas come in the shower), and I am going to use a short, fictional story to teach this truth from God’s Word.
Once upon a time there was a young slave boy named Caliban. Caliban’s master, Cy, was very cruel, and Caliban suffered greatly as Cy’s slave. One day, a woman of the village named Gracella saw the hardship that Caliban endured under the lordship of Cy, and she felt very sorry for the boy.
Boldly, she approached Cy. “I would like to buy Caliban from you,” she said.
Cy gave a haughty laugh. “You don’t want this boy! He is useless! Besides, you could never afford to buy him from me.”
Gracella did not relent. “How much would I have to pay to buy him?” she asked.
Cy scratched his head, as if he were thinking hard. “I would say that he is worth 50 gold coins.”
“Ah!” Gracella was shocked at the high price. She had 50 gold coins to her name. If she bought Caliban, she would be completely money-less. Yet, to Cy’s amazement, the woman handed him every coin that she owned.
Gracella took Caliban back to her home, and she fed him. Although she had paid so much for him, she never treated him like a slave. She raised him as her own son, and he was free to live as he pleased. Gracella never asked Caliban to do anything for her. Yet, he was constantly with her. Even when she grew old, he cared for her day and night. He served her more carefully than he had ever served Cy.
The same story is true for us. I Corinthians 6:11 says,
And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
We were once enslaved to the devil, listening to his endless lies. Then we were bought with a price–a high price–the blood of Christ. Now we are free from bondage to sin. Because we have been bought with such a high price, we should desire to serve our new Master, the Master that set us free. This service is rooted in love, not obligation.
Christ is my Redeemer. I am bought with a price.