I Belong to Him
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Verse 20 …you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Question 1 – What is your only comfort in life and in death? Answer – That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul,…
Today we start a short study of Heidelberg Catechism question and answer number 1. We will be taking the answer in 5 parts and today we look at the first line. The catechism is a tool for helping us gain a deeper understanding of God and doctrine. This first question lays the groundwork for all the other questions that make up the catechism.
What is our only comfort in life and death? This question helps us focus on both parts of life – the living and the dying. It is so easy to get caught up in only one or the other. Some people struggle with day to day life and others fear death. But this question helps us get ourselves thinking properly. It helps us remember that we aren’t alone in either situation. Because we aren’t our own.
This is the reason we can have comfort. We are His. We should find comfort in this and we will as we come to understand who He is. We also need to understand who we are. If we are Christians that means that we are His and that should be evident in our lives. When we understand that we are His both in body and soul, we can see that though we have a responsibility to live as He would have us live, it isn’t because we are slaves so much as it is that we know that as His children our actions reflect on Him. We should be honoring Him with our bodies and thoughts.
He bought us with Jesus’ blood and that makes us His. And since He has bought and paid for us we are to be His tools. This should bring us comfort. We may struggle with living for Him sometimes as we are merely humans, but we can know that our efforts aren’t in vain when we are living for Him. And being in Him doesn’t end with this life. No, we are His body and soul. We are His in this life and the next. We should take comfort in this. He is in control and we are His. This should bring us the only comfort we need in life.
Making It Personal
Do you take comfort in being His? Where is your life not honoring God? What do you need to change to fix that?
Making It Personal Kids
What does comfort mean? How did Jesus buy our lives? How can you honor Jesus today?
Father, You are our only comfort in life and death. Help us know what it means to honor You with our bodies. May all we do glorify You. In Jesus’ name, amen.