Tuesday, April 10, 2018

God’s Awesome Design For Your Sexuality

Sexuality is such a complicated topic.

It seems like everybody has a different opinion on it nowadays. On one side we have the cultures opinion and on the other we have the churches. And even within these two camps, we hear so many different messages.

If you are alive and kicking today, you’ve probably heard what the culture has to say about sex and sexuality. And if you have, it probably goes something like this “a women has the right to do whatever she wants with her body” “sexual liberation is the root of all liberation.”

The idea behind our cultures message is that freedom comes through a women’s right to chose whenever and wherever she’s going to have sex. No one has the right to tell her what to do with her body.

On the other hand, if you grew up in church, you may have likely heard something like this, “wait until you’re married” “Just don’t do it.”

I once met a sweet girl name Caroline. Caroline was a nice Christiant girl who was all on board with waiting until marriage to have sex. That is,  until she met Caleb. Caleb was sweet, kind, funny, and extremely cute. Caroline couldn’t believe that Caleb wanted her to be his girlfriend.

After dating for about six months, Caroline was beginning to question her decision to wait. She couldn’t see what was wrong with physically expressing her love and desire for her boyfriend. Caroline became a serious skeptic about waiting until marriage. And chances are you may be struggling with the same thoughts too..

Have you ever found yourself asking these questions:

Why do we wait until marriage to have sex?
Why was my sexuality even created?
Why does God even care about what I do with my body?

As we dig a little deeper into what the bible has to say about our sexuality, we’ll figure out the why and how God wants our sexuality to operate.

In Genesis 4, the bible tells us that Adam knew Eve and she conceived a son. The Hebrew word for knew in this text is a simple word called yada (to know).

Yada is used not only to describe sexual relationships throughout the bible, but is also used to describe the relationship between God and His people. For example, Psalm 139:1 says, “you have searched me, Lord, and you knew me.”

Could you find the yada in that verse?

It’s super important that we don’t miss out on what the bible is trying to tell us here. Our sexuality is a picture of God and His people.

- Our desire for sexual oneness shadows our desire and longing for oneness with Christ.
- Sexual relationships between two married people shadow the deep “knowing” between Christ and His people.

When we have sex outside of marriage we take what was meant to tell a sacred story and instead we tell a lie.

Our sexuality was created so that we can glorify God with it. And in return, he gives us the gift of marriage so that we can enjoy our sexuality in a God gloriying way. And that’s why what we do with our bodies is so important to Him. We are living temples for the Holy Spirit.

God is the maker and creator of our sexuality. He knows how it works best. We can trust that His design is good.