So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:1,2 MSG)
Maturity in Christ
The Message, a paraphrase by Eugene Peterson, captures the essence of this passage. It tells us to do ordinary life God’s way. Whether sleeping, eating, or going to work, do it in a way that honors God. Don’t be overly influenced by the immaturity of the culture but renew your mind, your thinking, according to God’s Word.
We would say this applies to all areas of life including sex. Since this is a devotional on biblical sex, we’ll concentrate on how the culture, both worldly and religious, effects our sex lives.
The goal of God’s will for us is maturity in Christ. We would add that immaturity in Christ makes for a strained sex life. And before we start pointing fingers at our spouse, we need to look at ourselves first.
The opposite is also true though: Maturity in Christ; that is, the ability to understand negative cultural and religious influences, is the beginning of a mature sex life. In other words, grow in Christ and you will experience a more satisfying sex life God’s way.
3 Enemies of Sex
CULTURE – CHURCH – CHARACTER
Paul tells us to recognize the negative influences of the culture, and the church, and that will help us grow in character (or maturity). We’ll summarize the three enemies today and then take a look at each in more detail in subsequent posts.
We will look at the non-biblical ideas from the culture, and the church, that negatively effect our sex lives. We have a choice at this point: Accept the culture or accept God’s Word. Sometimes the culture and the Word fit together but not very often and certainly not when it comes to sex.
Here are the enemies of sex and a quick summary of the negative influences. These influences, if embraced, will kill our sex lives, if we’re not careful. In fact, we would say these wrong ideas are the leading causes of the decline in sex around the world. But that’s for yet another post.
- CULTURE – Demonization of masculinity and femininity
- CHURCH – Sexual restraint in marriage and the Modesty Movement
- CHARACTER – Immaturity embraces wrong thinking
Stay tuned as we dissect the culture, religion, and our character, with the scalpel of the Word. This could be exciting.
Bible Thought: Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.
Prayer: Father, help me to discern the lies of the culture, and religion, and thereby grow in maturity in Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Rene & Gloria