This weekend, Mark Beeson encouraged all of the married couples at GCC to jump into the 30 Day Sex Challenge, reading each day’s chapter in the book and having sex every day. Some of you thought Mark was joking about that last part – but I bet a lot of you were secretly hoping he meant it. Well, he did. But why do married people get to have all the fun?
This blog isn’t going to offer the kind of fun that our married friends are having, but we’re going to use it to make sure that single people like you and me have something to give our attention to for the next four weeks. Here’s today’s thought:
“Whether it’s what we do with our energies, or how we feel about our bodies, or wanting to have control in relationships, or trying to recover from heartbreak, or dealing with our ferocious appetites, or the difficulty of communicating clearly with those we love, or longing for something or someone better, much of life is in some way connected with our sexuality. And when we begin to sort through all the issues surrounding our sexuality, we quickly end up in the spiritual…”
Rob Bell in Sex God, Introduction
How did Rob Bell come to that conclusion? Maybe he read Genesis 1:26-28:
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…’ so God created man in his own image… male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number.’”
Our male-ness and our female-ness come straight from our identity as people created by God. And that next line about being fruitful and increasing by number… well, I don’t have to tell you what that’s referring to.
It’s right there in the very beginning. Our sexuality and our spirituality are both fundamental to who we are. So today we start with a simple question: are you willing to reexamine the way you’ve been approaching your sex life with that in mind? I’m not just talking to people who are ‘sexually active’, either. Your sex life may exist entirely in your mind or on your computer, but you’re included in this conversation, too. No matter how you express your sexuality (or if you think you don’t at all), are you willing to take a fresh look at the issue? If we jump in on this together, we’re in for a great four weeks.
God, open our eyes to what’s true. We’re tired of the old perspective that leads to the same old results. We’re ready for a fresh way of seeing things that comes from being honest, listening to You, and getting smart about every part of our lives. Lead us and we’ll follow.
In Jesus name,