October 7, 2014

Romans 6:13-14 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Sexual sin has been a problem for mankind from the beginning. The Japanese says “hands and feet,” but whereas those are also parts of the body they do not have the immediate association with sin that our sexual organs do. God created us as sexual beings for a number of reasons. The first is something I mentioned in the sermon this past Sunday. If we had asexual reproduction, like single-celled animals, we would not need each other, and God is all about community. That said, sex is very much a test of our commitment and obedience to God. In God’s plan, it is a powerful glue to bond husband and wife together on multiple levels, so that they indeed become one. (Genesis 2:24 and several more) However, precisely because it is so powerful, it has great potential for misuse, as we see in the world all around us. Even in Paul’s day there were people, Christians even, who said that since God made us as sexual beings, there shouldn’t be restrictions on sexual activity. (1 Corinthians 6:13) Paul stood against that warped thinking in several of his letters, including here. The whole issue of homosexuality would be essentially a footnote on society if those with such attractions were celibate, but the whole thing of homosexuality is that it is hardly ever celibate. That said, heterosexual fornication is just as much a violation of this passage as homosexual. God has given us our bodies so that we may serve Him; any other use of them is defiance of His righteous laws.

I’ve had my own problems in this area, but God is indeed gracious. Looking back, I am amazed at how He protected me at times when there was huge danger. That said, I cannot look down on anyone because they have fallen in this area. However, I must remember verse 14 here, particularly because I’m a pastor: we aren’t under law, but under grace. That must never be an excuse for willful sin, but it is a reminder that when we do sin, we have someone on our side. (1 John 2:1) God likes to use clean vessels, so we need to walk in consistent obedience and immediate repentance when called for. The parts of our bodies, all of them, were created for God’s use for His glory. Only when they are used that way do they bring us the full joy, peace, and satisfaction God intends.

Father, by Your grace I married young, and You have protected me in all the years since. Help me be a model, a guide, and an encouragement to those who look to me, so that together we may avoid the devil’s many traps and walk in all that You desire and intend, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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