Today’s Scripture: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19

Imagine that you just bought your first house. You signed the paperwork and started to move in. As you enter your house while bringing in boxes, you see a sign on a door to one of the rooms. As you set the box down, you read, “This room is the property of Samuel Johnson.” You take the sign down and try to open the door, but it’s locked. Having just bought the house from him, you call Mr. Johnson to ask him about the room and why it is locked. He tells you that he has a few things he would like to keep in the room and didn’t think it would be a problem with you. You tell him you bought the house and you have things you want to do with it, but he is stubborn and isn’t willing to get rid of his junk. How frustrating would that be?

Just like the story of the house, many people try to keep areas of their lives from God. They have been saved, but they aren’t willing to let God take control of their lives. They may even be willing to let God in, but they want to keep some doors locked.

We have been “bought with a price.” (1 Corinthians 6:20) He paid an incredible price for us – His precious blood. (1 Peter 1:18-19) We cannot separate our lives into compartments – He has purchased us completely. Every bit of our lives belongs to God. We have no right to tell God what parts of us He can and cannot have. He owns it all. People will sometimes try to separate their spiritual life from their secular life. But we don’t have a spiritual life and a secular life – we have a new life in Christ.

God gave everything for us; let’s not give Him anything less than what He paid for.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.