“Great and Godly sex starts between the ears long before it starts between the legs.”—Craig Groeschel
The world does not revolve around you! Once upon a time it was popular to think the earth was flat and the sun revolved around the earth. Now we know the earth is round, and it is the earth that revolves around the sun.
Within the church, it’s often popular to think that we are the center and God revolves around us. We tend to think more of ourselves than we ought; we tend to think that God placed us on this earth for Him to serve us and bless us with every one of our desires.
For those of us who have responded to God’s Spirit, we are to change the way we think from everything being about us to everything being about God. This thought concept applies to every area of our lives including our relationships and our sex.
Paul writes in I Corinthians 6: 19-20, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
When we examine the Temple in the Old Testament we see how God was extremely detailed with his requirements for the temple in which His presence would dwell. The integrity of the building and its contents mattered! Paul explains that we are now the temple, and that reality was made possible by God giving his son as a sacrifice for our sin. Jesus paid the price for us, so we did not have to; and a thorough study of the Old Testament reveals that it was impossible for humankind to pay an adequate price for our sin; it took an act of God. If, as you read this, that price is not clear to you, I recommend a viewing of the Mel Gibson movie, The Passion of the Christ, to gain some perspective.
After referring to our bodies as the temple of God’s Spirit, Paul then makes the point that we no longer belong to ourselves: who we are does not and our bodies do not.
The Scripture is clear: we are to not use our bodies in a way that does not honor God. The only sex that honors God is that between a man and a woman in the covenant of marriage.
Our sex no longer belongs to us, sex becomes God’s wedding gift; however, we can taint that gift if we choose to involve ourselves in sex that is contrary to God’s desire and plan for us.
Paul writes to the Romans, “Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” (12:1)
Clean Heart for Men Sex Ed learning points:
- The only God approved sex is that between a man and woman within the covenant of marriage.
- As a believer, sex no longer belongs to us; it is God’s wedding gift.