For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body… 1 Cor 6:20 (kjv)
This topic would draw laughs from many quarters. Chances are that you have seen it today. I would not be surprised if it were on some house on your street.
It is not ubiquitous, but it is certainly not scarce to find. It is at least as common as barbed fences around Lagos houses. Believe me, there is no stereotype house, it can appear on any building- beautiful or not so beautiful, large or small.
Wherever it is found however, its message is clear and is this: Steer clear of this property, it’s taken! The warning -now hackneyed out of any gravity- Beware of 419 usually follows.
I believe that the purpose of this notice is not so much to portray it’s unavailability as it is to declare its possession by another party.
No matter how little the price paid to acquire it is, the genuine owner does not wish to sell.
In the same way, God has acquired a much-valued property- and it is not your church building. Like those landlords, He does not wish to give it up. He paid so great a price that it would be quite impossible for Him to give us up so easily.
The death of Jesus on the cross was the price. The sacrifice is so potent as to wash away all sin.
By this sacrifice, God confirms his love for us. It was given us gratuitously- we cannot justify it. David was so perplexed he had to ask: “what is man that You are mindful of him.”
He redeemed us from death that was sure to come. He literally bought us.
There is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ 1 Cor 3:11 (msg)
It is only logical that Jesus whose death purchased our life should be the foundation of a life pleasing to God.
God’s word makes it clear that we are to build on Him. We begin to build when we accept His offer of salvation. We do not build just anyhow, Christ’s sacrificial life is our stereotype.
…because He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for for the brethren 1 John 3:18 (kjv)
The only proof of our love for Him is obedience to His commands. His command is that we should love one another as He has loved us.
He adds that the best way to love is to lay down our lives for our friends; to dedicate our lives to improving the lives of others.
Of course this is easier said than done. The costs of such a life would be great. We will have to forfeit our pride, comfort, ambitions and even our reputation. But the rewards are enormous; in this life and in the one to come.
Therefore, we must fix our eyes on the prize, which among other things is a crown of glory that never fades.
He promises that whoever does his will will abide forever.
Remember, we are His house, and we do not build haphazardly. We gradually become like him as we obey. Our high priest was made perfect by His obedience and so shall we be.