“You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit that you received from God and that lives in you. You don’t own yourselves.”
“I can do whatever I want with my body.”
“Really?” I responded to a teen that was part of my church’s youth group. She and I were riding in my car on our way to pick up another teen who was also a part of the same group.
“So, what makes you think that you can do whatever you want with your body?” I asked.
“Because it’s mine,” she responded.
“Ok. Are you a Christian?” I asked. She looked at me as if I were crazy or speaking in a language that she didn’t understand. I stared back at her with a smirk on my face and repeated the question.
“Yeah” she giggled.
“Do you know what the Word say about Christians body?” She continued staring at me.
“What does it say?” She asked in an intriguing voice.
Today’s text reveals to us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Usually when we think of a temple we think of a stone or a brick building. A holy place to worship and meet God there. We come and we go usually once a week. However, this temple that Paul, the writer of 1 Corinthians, is speaking about is the Christians body. A “house”, in other words, for the Holy Spirit. Paul wanted the people of Corinth to know and understand this concept.
Pretty much like our culture today people in Corinth were scheduling booty calls, had friends with benefits, hooked up for one night stands, and participated in ménage à trois’, “Netflix and chill” and whatever else we do. Yes, I said we because even us Christians live like this.
The entire chapter 6 address the purpose of the body as it relates to staying away from fornication.
The Greek word fornication is porneia. This is where the English word porn is derived. Therefore, when we fornicate we are participating in porn. Wow that sounds really bad! Right? You may be thinking that porn is a person having sex on camera with many different people but porn is really just fornication. Any kind of fornication including adultery no matter if it’s with one person or multiple persons.
Paul warns the Corinthians to flee fornication because the body is for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit keeps us connected to God. When we are disconnected from God we date the wrong people, choose to hang out with the wrong crowd, participate in the wrong activities, don’t see the purpose on our lives. We are practical lost. Not in a salvation sense per se but just in life. The Holy Spirit is clouded out to the point we don’t know which way to go. See, fleeing fornication is bigger than avoiding unwanted pregnancies and STD’s it’s about protecting our connection with God.
When Paul says flee fornication he doesn’t just mean run from it but to seek safety from it. When someone seeks safety it means that they are currently in danger. If I’m seeking safety from fornication then I don’t just need to leave his house I need to cut him off. I need to delete his number. I need to unfriend him on Facebook and unfollow him on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
I cannot seek safety from something but still stay connected. That’s just taking a vacation. Too many Christians only take vacations from fornication when they think that they are staying away from it. When a drug addict seeks to break their drug addiction they seek help through programs that help drug addicts break their addictions. They cut off their drug addict friends and such and become part of a safe team of people that once were like them but now have been changed.
Do you know that your body is the temple for the Holy Spirit? As Christians we are called to seek safety from fornication. Don’t just run from fornication with no safety net to run to. Connect with a safe person or a group of people that can help you overcome fornication. If you don’t have a safe group of people to connect with then you need to really consider changing your circle of friends. A safe group of people are people who are living a fornication free life and who are helping others to do the same. It’s possible. I know.
Also, stop dating those people that tempt you to fornicate.
Stop watching those movies and shows that make you want to fornicate.
Stop reading those books and listening to that music that keeps your mind in fornication mode. Seek safety.
Picture yourself out in the rain. It is pounding down fiercely and you just got your hair done. You have an umbrella but you’re still getting wet because the wind is blowing too. Your goal is to get to a place where you are protected from the rain and you want to get there as quickly as possible. That may be the nearest building or inside a car. You’re not at all interested in staying out in the rain. You seek safety.
The Christians body is the home of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit keeps us connected to God. Being connected with God gives us clarity in life. We can’t connect with God like we should if we are connected with practicing porn. Seek safety from fornication. #LivingTheLife
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