Sex for Sale devotional | Wednesday, March 11

Yesterday we agreed – we’ve all settled for something less than God’s plan, His dream, His will for our lives.  And that includes our sex lives, too.

I’m not saying there’s nothing healthy about you or me, that every way in which we’ve ever expressed our sexuality has been broken.  Maybe you’ve had moments of exceptional restraint.  Maybe you used to look at pornography but now you don’t.  Maybe you used to get with every guy or girl you could, but now it’s just an occasional hookup.  Maybe you used to be married and, for a season, had a great sex life with your spouse.  That’s worth celebrating.  But even with those good moments, I think we can all up our game. 

Paul wrote in Ephesians 5, “be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children, and live a life of love…  but among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality…”

Not even a hint.  God’s best life for you and me isn’t one that makes marginal attempts at purity.  It’s a life that runs headlong after a sex life that’s deeply pure.  But the good news is that, whatever you admitted yesterday, whatever you’re owning up to right now… it’s all covered by the work of Jesus on the cross. 

Here’s something else Paul wrote, in Romans 8, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”

This isn’t just for people who have never heard that before.  Whether you’re still kicking the tires on the whole idea of following Jesus or you’ve been a Christian for longer than I’ve been alive, you matter to God too much for Him to leave you in your sin.

So here’s the point today: let’s not hang our heads for long.  We need to admit our mistakes.  We may need to offer some apologies to people we’ve hurt.  But then it’s time to embrace what happened when Jesus died on the cross for those things.  There are steps for us to take, but one of the first ones is to remember the grace that God has offered us through Jesus. 

God, help us trust you for our forgiveness today.  Help us live with stronger faith, believing that there is nothing we’ve ever done that could overcome the grace you showed us on the cross.  You’ve shown us how we’ve fallen short; now remind us how You came through. 

In Jesus’ name,
Amen