I’ve worked in college and youth ministry for about 10 years now. Time after time I will have a girl pull me to the side and shyly ask me, Basically, we are saying I don’t want to fall over a cliff but I would like to dangle my toes over the edge and lean forward just to see what it looks like.
I have come to the determination the real question is. “How close can I get to sin without falling?”
I’ve been there girls. Dancing around this unspoken timeline to how far we would push things physically on each date. At first, he seems like a gentleman and wouldn’t even kiss on the first date. But eventually when a couple, who likes each other, are put in a private room with the lights dim, close to each other, wearing perfume or cologne, articles of clothing are likely to come off. When articles of clothing come off, lines of sexual immorality get very blurry. When lines of sexual immorality get very blurry lines get crossed.
Does this sound like the “If you give a mouse a cookie book?”
The short of it is this:
It is much easier to avoid temptation than to overcome it.
There are guard rails on the side of the highway to keep you from going off a cliff. They are there for protection but you don’t want to drive your car against them either. Guard rails are the line but I prefer to not even touch a guardrail. Once you draw the line you need to stay 3 steps away from it or that line will become a crashed guardrail.
FLEE from sexual immorality. Don’t get so close that you have trouble defining what is sex and what it isn’t. FLEE as in RUN THE OTHER DIRECTION.
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Did you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? You were bought with a price. 1 Corinthians 6:18
Do you catch that? This is so huge. If you haven’t paid attention to anything else, pay attention now.
“Every other sin a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.”
So we are saying something is different about sexual sin. And there is. But I think we all already knew that. It’s not different because God judges you harder for it. It’s different because of the depth that it scars. This is why you would rather be beat up than raped. This is why sexual sin 10 out of 10 times stays with us longer and scars more deeply than any other sin.
You are worth so much more than you know. I would go so far to say you are expensive! You are more than expensive you are a rare jewel. This rare jewel can’t be cut up into pieces. It is to be shared with one person, for a lifetime. The marriage relationship is created to be a glimpse of the amazing love our Lord has for us. God created sex as the glue, the intimacy, and the icing on top of this relationship.
So the questions isn’t “how close can I get to sin without falling?”
“How close can I get to Jesus?”