Songs of Waiting

The Temple

I want to glorify God with my life. I love Jesus and I never want to do anything that would hurt His heart. I know I’m not perfect, but I just want to make Jesus happy. Think of your favorite person real quick. I bet you smiled didn’t you? Could you imagine doing something to hurt him/her? It’s sad to think about, but that’s how I feel about Jesus. I picture the warm-hearted and compassionate humble King walking around and caring for everyone, and I shudder with the thought of doing something to intentionally hurt that kind of Person.

When it comes to my waiting until marriage, part of it was wanting to honor God and His plan for sex. As time went on and I learned more, there came a point where I realized that I wanted to honor the body that He created. He carefully knitted me together and fashioned my heart just the way He wanted my heart, and it’s not like anyone else’s. Yours isn’t either. He fashioned every single one of our hearts individually.

We are so special. He designed our bodies with careful intent. Everything has a purpose- eyebrows keep sweat from dripping into our eyes, nose hairs are our air filter, and we need our little toe or we’ll be off-balance. He engineered our bodies to do what needs to be done, and when He created man and woman, He engineered a man’s part to do what needs to be done with the woman’s part in order to be fruitful and multiply. Our bodies are so important because the sovereign and all-powerful God of the universe designed each body special and unique.

That’s not all. This same God chose our bodies to house His Spirit. So, not only did this God create us, but He chose to make our bodies His home. Our bodies are a house for the living God. My body is a temple.

Have you ever studied the tabernacle in Exodus or Solomon’s Temple? God commanded Moses and the Israelites to build a tabernacle, which would be the earthly dwelling place of God’s presence (guarded by Cherubim because way back in the Garden, Adam and Eve’s sin begin the separation from man and God’s presence). God wanted it built specifically and detailed- everything from colors to materials and size. The temple was similar, however the temple was quite large and grand in comparison to the tabernacle. The tabernacle had a veil, much like Herod’s temple (the temple in Jesus’ time), and behind it was the Ark of the Covenant; Solomon’s Temple also housed the Ark of the Covenant, but in a cubicle. Both the tabernacle and Solomon’s Temple had the Holy of Holies, which was the actual earthly dwelling place of God’s presence- sanctified and glorious.

When Jesus died, the veil in Herod’s Temple tore in two, thus ending the separation between man and God. When Jesus ascended into heaven after the resurrection, God sent us the Holy Spirit, who would be our helper and go with us everywhere.

By now, you may be thinking, “Ok, Sarah, but what does this have to do with saving sex for marriage?”  Well, here you go:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 is my driving force for this post, and it reads, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (NIV) This whole section is about fleeing sexual immorality, but I want to point out what Holy Spirit pointed out to me.

Remember our discussion on how important our bodies are because of the way God made them? And our discussion about how the tabernacle and temples were fashioned? The point of these buildings were to be the earthly dwelling of God’s presence, and if we are temples, then we are now the earthly dwelling place of God’s presence. You are. I am. We are.

I already mentioned that the section 1 Cor. 6:12-20 is about fleeing sexual immorality. It’s also about glorifying God with our bodies. Sexual immorality can come in so many different ways, but we’ll keep it at saving sex for marriage. The way I want to glorify God with my body is to wait to let a man in until it is within God’s purpose. Sex wasn’t meant to be shared among multiple partners, because sex isn’t just sex.

Sex isn’t just sex. If it worked that way, there would have been no repercussions for David sleeping with Bathsheba (which is only one of many outside-of-marriage sex situations in the Bible). If sex was just for fun, no strings attached, God would have made a different way for a baby to be made. But He designed marriage, and created and purposed sex. You honor God by fleeing sexual immorality: anything outside of God’s plan for sex.

But waiting isn’t just about saving sex until marriage. There is a long and difficult journey during the wait. There are dates and relationships, and temptations and poor decisions, and mistakes. There are day-by-day decisions to be made. There are crucify the flesh moments. There are boundaries to be set. There is so much!

The question I now ask myself when it comes to decisions that might either push me closer to the boundary line or put me in a position where I have to literally fight against temptation is, does this glorify God? If you approach each situation during this wait confidently knowing that your body is a precious and sanctified temple, your decision-making will spring from that well. You will approach each date, each new potential relationship, or even each text message with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that’s living inside of you. You will find yourself in less, or absolutely no, situations of regret.

The waiting journey isn’t easy; especially in the world we live in today. You might make poor decisions, as I have made some pretty poor decisions, but don’t throw in the towel. Learn from it and keep going. Live knowing you are a beautiful and special dwelling place of the Holy Spirit who empowers you!

You can do this. Know your worth. You are special, holy, and worthy. Walk with that truth.

Until next time,

Love, Sarah Lynn

I thank you God for creating humans so special and beautiful. I thank You for the intention and detail you created us with. God, I pray that the people who are in the waiting will stand on the truth of Your word; that You have us sanctified us and call us worthy. I pray we will be empowered by the Holy Spirit, and even in something as seemingly small as a text message, we would hear and follow that still small voice. I pray for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, and for the eyes of our understanding to be opened. In Your wonderful name I pray, Amen. 

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

There will not be any SOW posts for the rest of September. In order to give you quality reads, I must take the next two super busy weeks off. Check back in October, because we’re going to get down to the nitty-gritty!

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