1 Corinthians 6:19-20
"Do you not know that...you are not your own. For you have been bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body."
Now that I live in Christ I am not my own man. But as I think about it more, I begin to wonder if we are ever at any point in life--whether with or apart from Christ--our own person. I believe individuality is simply an illusion created by the Master of Illusions. It is written that we were bought with a price; by the blood of Christ Jesus we were purchased and are now the eternal possessions of God. So what were we before? Who owned us? Through the Word of God and in our new life we learn that we were slaves to sin. Sin was our master and all our labors of sin were producing for us death. Therefore it is foolish to think that I have ever been my own man. that is arrogant and prideful, but then again that is exactly where the devil would like me to be--blinded from reality and kept in bondage by the power of his illusions.
This is why, when we are first brought into true fellowship with God through Christ, our eyese are opened, we come alive, and we see for the first time the chains that once held us captive to death. We know reality and the truth sets us free; now in God's light we are able to see light. As reality grows clearer we begin to understand better the pain and anguish Our Lord went through as He became sin for us and was sacrificed on the cross. Paul wrote that he wanted to know Christ and "the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings..." and David wrote in one of the most beautiful Psalms that the sacrifices of God are a "broken spirit" and that God will not despise a "broken and contrite heart." The point is that Christ was broken on the cross. He walked this earth in brokenness and humility as He--Our God--became flesh for His glory and for the sake of man. In coming to truth we must realize that the lives we once knew were illusions that are difficult to get away from and because of that we will experience pain and brokenness. But Paul desired to know this; Paul wanted to know the fellowship of Christ's sufferings because he knew that through it, he would attain great truth, greater joy, and greater love. In brokennes does God fulfill His purposes. In trials our faith is perfected. So the question is then posed by the perceptive Oswald Chambers, "If God can accomplish His purposes in this world through a broken heart, then why not thank Him for breaking yours?"
By the Grace of Jesus Christ.