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? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. I Corinthians 6:19-20

Shocked and embarrassed, the man selling the old building couldn’t believe his eyes. He brought a potential buyer to the building for a showing, only to realize that it had been ransacked. Burglars had broken in, trash was thrown everywhere, some teenagers had sprayed graffiti everywhere, and a support beam had been damaged. The flustered man explained the buyer, “I’ll make sure this is all fixed. I’ll clean it up and get a structural engineer to make sure everything is good.” He then held his breath anticipating the buyer’s response.The buyer responded, “You don’t have to do that. I don’t want the building. I want to tear it down because I’m going to put up a new structure here.”

That’s the way it is when God takes us. He doesn’t want the building. He wants us to let Him have His own way and put up His own building. What God wants is for us to let Him have the site and permission to build. We don’t have to clean up our lives in order to satisfy Him; in fact, we can never satisfy Him through our own efforts. We can’t clean out our sin nature; instead, God has given us a new nature.

We need to submit to Him and give Him control to do whatever He wants in our lives. Sometimes, the things we go through are very difficult, yet those hardships are all worthwhile because God will use these moments as “demolition projects.” Although they may be painful, they are necessary to get rid of the unwanted things in our lives.

We need to remember that we have been bought with the precious blood of Christ (II Peter 1:17-18). We are God’s, so we are commanded to glorify Him (I Corinthians 6:20). It is our reasonable service to give God our lives as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).

Christ died in order to bring us salvation. Let’s give everything we have in service to Him. If we allow Him to work, our lives can be beautiful monuments to Him.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder