Sex Week: One in Spirit

“But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:17)

We don’t get it. At least, I don’t. It’s tough to carry around in my mind the reality of what really happened to me, for me, at the moment God welcomed me into his family – because I trusted in Jesus. I can write three-paragrpah devotionals about it, but how do we live with our heads in that place?

sweek_350It’s one of the reasons we keep flirting with sexual experiences outside of marriage. We don’t think of ourselves – our real, everyday selves – as being united with Christ. Paul described our current reality this way: “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3)

So he yells at the Corinthians: “Wake up! Remember who you are!” He understood that they lived in a culture where going to a prostitute was as normalized for some of them as going to Starbucks is for us. But he also knew they didn’t fit into “normal” in that culture any more. They were new, different, changed, “one with the Lord in spirit.”

Once you get who you are in Christ, he said, don’t take Jesus to a prostitute! Don’t “hook up” you/him with someone you’re not married to. You’re different. Live like who you are now.

Think: On a scale from 1 to 10, how difficult is it for you to live in the reality that, as a Christian, you are united with Christ right now? What could you do to make accepting that reality easier?

Pray: Thank God that by his grace and through faith you have been united with Christ. Ask him to help you live with the awareness of that fact.

Do: Notice in Colossians 1:27 what is the “hope of glory.”