Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT
I recently went through a real estate closing on a property I had owned. As long as I owned the property it was mine to do with as I pleased. It was my domain. I had the key to get in and could have influence over it for as long I wished.
When I decided to sell, I put the property on the market and listed it with a realtor. A buyer was found, and even though a closing date was set, the property was still legally mine.
The day I closed on the property my relationship to it completely changed! The title company made it clear that the property was no longer my own. At the closing I had to turn over all the keys. The new owner was now in charge. I no longer had any legal right to enter the property or do with it as I pleased. “The final say” was in someone else’s hands and they could do with the property whatever pleased them, whether I approved or not.
As believers, our lives can be likened to the closing of a property. When we were living outside of the Salvation of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Satan had a legal claim on us as the god of this world. We lived in his domain and we lived under the influence of the powers of darkness and despair. The enemy delighted in having his way with us through his lies and deceit. In many ways, we were powerless to overcome his demands and reverse his downward pull upon our souls.
But when we heard the Gospel and said “yes” to Jesus’ call upon our lives, everything changed! His blood brought us into a new covenant. It was His blood that paid the full price for our redemption. We became His purchased possession and Jesus took over the ownership of our lives. Satan lost all legal claim and we were no longer subject to the enemy’s domain.
Today, we are the Lord’s possession and He takes good care of what is His. As the new owner, Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to reside and abide within us and to keep our house clean and fit for the Master’s use. We can thank God that He has placed our lives under His management and that we are under His daily care. He is now working in us to will and to do all that is pleasing to Him.