To live in this sex-driven world as a Christian, our lives need to be marked by spiritual discipline! In Chapter 3 of Disciplines of Godly Young Man, we are exhorted to man-up and fight against the desire to give in to our sinful lust.
Many of us recognize that our culture’s view of sex promises ultimate satisfaction, but fails to deliver; we see that God’s plan for sex is far greater because He is the one who invented it. Even though we know this, our world is saturated with sexual distractions that entice young people to forget the One who created them. Everyday we are assaulted with temptation to ignore God and pursue deceptive promises of pleasure.
The key is that we forget and ignore God. In the book, R. Kent Hughes quotes Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who said, “the moment lust takes control ‘God… loses all reality… Satan does not fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God'” (p.34).
If we were always aware of God’s presence, do you think that we would give in to sexual temptation as often? If we worked to keep the Lord at the forefront of our minds, do you think we would struggle as much?
Moses warned the people of Israel, “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments” in Deuteronomy 8:11 because he knew that they were prone to be distracted and forget. As men, we need take care—or “work up a spiritual sweat”—to constantly focus our minds on Christ. We must forsake the temporary pleasure of lust and seek the source of all true pleasure: God himself.
Without encountering the living God everyday through His Word, we are defenseless against our own wandering, distraction-prone hearts. In His presence is fullness of joy; at his right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11), therefore, we should be disciplined to seek Him at all times. Don’t let yourself forget that.
Written by: Jacob Meiser