2nd Sunday - Second Reading Illustration

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2nd Sunday - Second Reading Illustration: First Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20

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Glorify God in Body and Spirit:

Glorify God in Body and Spirit From: Heartlight Magazine - http://www.heartlight.org/articles/200811/20081111_owner.html The Value Is the Owner by Alan Smith on November 11, 2008 Copyrighted material that appears in this article is included under the provisions of the Fair Use Clause of the National Copyright Act, which allows limited reproduction of copyrighted materials for educational and religious use when no financial charge is made for viewing. 1 Corinthians 6:15-20

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The story is told of an American tourist in Paris who picked up a necklace in a trinket shop. When he arrived in New York and went through customs he was shocked at the high duty he had to pay on the necklace. So when he arrived at his home town, he spoke with a local jeweler who offered to buy it for $25,000. The man was stunned, so he took the necklace to an expert who appraised it at an astronomical amount. When he asked the appraiser what made the necklace so valuable, he told him to look into the magnifying glass and see for himself. When he placed his eye next to the glass, he saw an inscription which read: "From Napoleon to Josephine." It was the name on the necklace that gave it, it’s extraordinary value.

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No human has more value than any other human. We are not of great value because of who we are or what we have accomplished. Our value is determined by the One who made us, ransomed us , and owns us. Those of us who are Christians have the name of Christ “inscribed" on our lives to remind us who we are and to Whom we belong. The knowledge of this truth causes us to rethink what we are doing with our lives . Look closely at the inscription on your life . For example, if you have an old pair of ragged tennis shoes, you would think nothing of getting out in a muddy garden to do some work. But if you're wearing an expensive pair of dress shoes, you would NEVER think of wearing them into a muddy garden. The value of what you are wearing will keep you from going to certain places and doing certain things.

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Paul says that's why we as Christians should avoid sexual immorality, as well as other misuses of the body. If our bodies were of little value, as some believe, we would think nothing of "dragging them through the mud." But knowing that our bodies, were created by God and bear His inscription, and that the Spirit of God lives within us, we are forced to think twice about dragging them through the mud, the sins, or illicit pleasures of the world.

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