If you have a moment, read the passage below:
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her?For He says, “THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.” But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Our pastor preached from that passage this morning. His points were as follows:
Design–Our bodies were created by God (Gen. 2; Ps. 139) and for God. “Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord” (1 Cor. 6:13). We were created to glory in God (Ps. 34:8) and glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31). Sexual purity results from principle rather than pragmatism (“How then could I do this great evil and sin against God”? [Gen. 39:9]).
Dependence–As believers in Christ, we are spiritually united to Christ. “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?” (1 Cor. 6:15) All who are joined to the Lord are one in spirit with Him (6:17). This morning Pastor Wayne stated, “It’s not a superficial relationship.” Indeed! Although union with Christ is incomprehensible, it is a reality. Striving to understand our inseparable connection with Jesus is a guard against impurity (“Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be!” [1 Cor. 6:15])
Dwelling–God lives within His people. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you…?” (6:19) As a result, God goes with us everywhere we go. Thus, He goes with us to every image we search, every website we visit. We are literally searching and surfing with the Savior. I suppose that means that the image above (“Caring for God’s Laptop”) is quite appropriate. I need to care for God’s property–His body (that’s me) and His computer (the Dell I am using). And, I need to do so knowing He is with me–all the time.
Jodi and I are members of an ever-shrinking minority: a couple who remained pure in our relationship until our wedding night. However, we reside in a culture filled with temptation. Within seconds, our fingers can find porn. It is a different world for today’s young people than it was for me! But being middle-aged does not immunize me from temptation. That’s why I am so appreciative of my pastor’s sermon this morning! It’s a very short sentence, but we all–especially men–need to hear it on a regular basis: