“From what I hear it sounds pretty great,” said this beautiful teenager. She was talking about some of her friends who had already taken the plunge into having sex. “It is the social norm, you know” she said plainly.
My mind exploded with images, stories, statistics. I felt like I was standing on the edge of a sexual minefield and this young woman was standing on the opposite side. Somehow, somehow, my job was to tell her how and why to walk through this minefield without blowing herself up.
“It is great, perhaps for the moment,” I said, recalling the rush of his attention, the allure of the distorted desire. “But there is more, so much more.”
Here are some of the thoughts we kicked around. I pray it will be a worthy guide for this woman but also for her scores of sisters, and brothers, yet to walk through the minefield.
For those of us who didn’t wait, “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.” However. If we are deep down honest, now we know the truth. So we dare not water down the truth to assuage our own disappointing choices.
Wise not Happy
A lot of girls give in to sex to “be happy.” They think it will make them happy. But more often it is about making someone else happy. Happiness via sex is like the crocodile in Peter Pan—once the taste is awakened, there is a hunger for more. And more. We are not shooting for happy right now in this moment. We are shooting for wise, which is a much harder but a much greater goal. We ask much harder questions:
Is this surrender of control over my own body wise?
Does this advance MY goals, not the guy’s wants, or my friends’ pressure?
I told this young woman, “in all my work with women I have never met a woman who didn’t regret giving her virginity away for nothing.” There is a really high cost and a really high risk.
Whether we like it or not, the woman bears the brunt of sex. Whether through loss of reputation, getting a disease, losing scholarships due to pregnancy, or facing single parenting, adoption (or even abortion), the woman has the most to lose. She must be the wise one to rise up and protect her heart and future.
Trading a $1 for a Million Bucks
“Sex is a trusting God issue,” I explained. She looked at me with a shocked expression. When we give into some temptation outside of God’s design, we are settling for the lesser payoff. For example, let’s say sex now is worth a dollar and in marriage worth a million dollars. That one dollar bill right now looks good. And so we think, “Hey, one dollar now is better than nothing.” But there is the lie. It’s not nothing, it’s just later on.
God has promised abundance and favor when we do things His way. He promises a million bucks of freedom, hope and connection in marriage. Do we trust that He will really come through? Do we trust that God has good for us, later on? Can we trust God to satisfy our desire, right now in the waiting? One dollar vs. one million.
Sex with others doesn’t just go away. The memories can hurt for a long time, even the good memories. How many women, and men, have found themselves unable to be truly intimate with their spouse because of past sexual encounters? By truly intimate I mean God-powered, heart-connected, physically-abandoned sex. Spirit, emotion and body sex—this is what God has in mind. Our choices to gratify ourselves for the moment really distract from the longer sexual journey inside marriage. It takes a lot of work to get rid of the memories, comparisons, and shame once we finally meet our husbands.
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
As my mind flashed around memories, and even scanned the hard journey of my own marriage, I found I didn’t know how to express one thing: the regret. I took a deep breath and began.
“I don’t know that you can hear this, but there comes a moment after you meet the man of your heart. It may be right away, or sometime later, for me it was after I became a Christian, but this wave comes over you and you realize that this is God man’s for you. In that moment, you look at the ones who have gone before. They took what rightfully belonged to your husband. There are all these ‘one and only first times.’ And you realize, you gave those to someone else. It really breaks your heart. Can you see why wise now is better than happy now?”
Enjoy the best of Jesus
I asked this young Christian if she knew there is an anointing on the present generations for increased power and worship? She said yes she did and so did her friends.
I think the enemy knows that too. That’s why he is unleashing his greatest tactics to keep young women and men preoccupied by all the sexual stimulation, disconnected from true relationships by their devices and deceived into thinking they can have the best of heaven and the best of the world.
How do they fight then? Their best weapon is a true and real intimacy with God. There is no better lover than Jesus. No greater romantic, protector, or satisfier. We must continue to call them to the love of the Father. They will follow where we are going. So we must ask, are we as adults enjoying the best of Jesus? Are we showing them the God they need for staying power through the minefield?
How would you feel?
The question jumped in my throat. She was asking, without asking, would you still love me if I had sex? I took another deep breath, shot up an arrow prayer and replied:
“This is your choice to make. I had my choices and I have to live with them. I have tried to tell you the truth best I can—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Now you have to decide what you are worth, what you are willing to fight for. My strong desire is that you wait. Wait on God. Wait for God. Wait in God. But my love for you is not determined by your choices. I choose to love you. No matter what.”
God we pray your covering over the younger generations. Give us boldness to speak and to stand. Give them wisdom and courage beyond their years. Satisfy us with your love dear Jesus. Amen