Theme of the Week: Our Sexuality Matters to God
Bible Verse: But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13 ESV
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:15-17, John 1:12
The concept of “accepting Jesus” is Biblical (John 1:12), but it is often misunderstood. In America’s Bible Belt especially, many people need to be saved from their salvation. They have “accepted Jesus” in the sense that they have allowed him into their lives, up to a point. But this passage in 1 Corinthians 6 shows us more. Becoming a Christian is the joining of two into one. It is trust and surrender such that we give ourselves entirely to Christ, like sexual union. But if all you have done is “accept Jesus” on your terms so that you retain control of your life, you have only flirted with Christ. You need to go all the way. Then you will feel loved.
Here is what it means to be a Christian. You become joined to the Lord Jesus Christ, in body and spirit, through his finished work on the cross. He gives himself to you completely by grace, and you give yourself to him completely by faith. Not only your spirit but also the members of your body, your very organs, are so indwelt by the living Christ that you are his physical presence in the world today. From head to toe, all that you are is not only for Christ but also of Christ. That includes your sexuality, married or single, because you are married—to Christ. You have been joined by grace to the Lord.
You have been brought into union with the most loving Person in the universe. He is giving his love to you with all his passionate heart. He is so close to you, he identifies so intensely with you, the Bible is saying he and you have become one spirit, the way a married man and woman become one flesh. But to be one spirit is even more profound, more intimate, deeper, and richer than to be one flesh. And Paul wrote this to sinful Christians. Throughout the New Testament this Corinthian church was the biggest mess of all. But Christ loves and redeems people no one else can love. He loves you to this full extent.
Will you believe it, receive it, and open your heart to Christ today?
Taken from Proverbs: Wisdom That Works by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., © 2012. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, crossway.org.
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