Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire and cautiousness, which is idolatry. -Colossians 3:5
Ads, television, and even social media are overflowing with sexual content. Slowly, we begin to accept it as normal. Seeing a Kardashian in a see-through dress doesn’t phase us, ads featuring sexual content blend in into our daily lives and sex scenes on movie screens are the norm.
Y’all, it feels like our purity is stolen away from us without any effort on our part, because you know the worst part of it all? We begin to expect it in our lives. The sexual innuendo, the lustful flirting, the dressing to show off your curves because just for once you want someone to appreciate your femininity, romance novels with sex scenes, pornography, or whatever your weakness is (even if you won’t admit it’s there) – there is something in your life that has become an idol.
It is whatever puts the desires of your flesh above your desire to live a pure, holy, set apart life. Some versions call it “worldly inclinations.” Because it’s usually the easy way out. It’s the standard and what everyone considers normal. It might make you feel good and choosing the alternative – to say no to your body, to yourself, to your urges, to the world – can be the most difficult thing to do.
That might be why Apostle Paul goes to the extreme: put to death those worldly inclinations. Don’t just put those feelings, urges and temptations to sleep – only to be woken up on a bad day or when you feel lonely. Put them away once and for all. For you died, and you life is hidden with Christ in God. He not only gives you strength to remain firm in your purity – mind, body, and soul – but He is also the one worth staying pure for. Because when you leave it to a choice: God or worldly inclinations, God always wins. So, the next time you’re tempted to give in to the world or to your flesh, focus your gaze on God. Meditate on Him until the world fades away and all that matters is getting to spend eternity with your Creator and Father.