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05/15/2009

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Keeping Life Sacred


"Don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you" (1 Cor. 6:19)?

There are things in people's lives that they hold sacred. A farmer holds the land he works to be sacred. A lawyer or judge ought to hold the law to be sacred. A teacher holds his/her mission in life to educate young people to be sacred. I would propose this morning that life itself is sacred. To the Christian this is even more profound in that our new lives in Christ were bought at a price. It is up to us to live according to the sacred nature of God..."Therefore, honor God with your body" (V 20).

As the "temple of God," Paul tells us that we ought to be a separate people. "Therefore come out from them and be separate....touch no unclean thing and I will receive you" (2 Cor. 6:17). That doesn't mean that we are to move away to be alone, but not too take part in those things that they do. Why? Because life is sacred! The very next verse in 2 Corinthians talks about "purifying ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit." A garbage man would not come around picking up your trash in a Ferrari would he?

As life is sacred it is important to keep our bodies as healthy as possible. Through exercise, proper diet and rest we can optimize the efficiency of our bodies. In 3 John 2, John says to his friend Gaius, "I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you." A healthy body can do more for the Lord. As people of God we ought to recognize what our duties in life are. The writer of Ecclesiastes sums up his book by conveying to us that the whole matter of life revolves around "fearing the Lord and keeping His commandments." Life is too sacred not to.

We need to be careful how we live and redeem our time in the best possible manner. We ought to search for opportunities to do good and not wait for them to be dumped into our lives. Finally, because life is so sacred and precious we ought to be a holy people. There was a time when life wasn't as sacred as it is now. Jesus took care of that! To be worthy of our calling, as He presented Himself as the perfect sacrifice, we ought to present ourselves back to Him. "without blemish and free from accusation" (Col. 1:22). The more sacred we hold life, the more we will get out of it...

Have a great day...Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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