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Why Spiritual People Envy Sexual People

May 4, 2010

Struggling With Envy

Marsha and I are sharing insights from the Pure Life Ministries 2010 Conference we went to this past weekend. 

Steve Gallagher, founder of Pure Life Ministries, had a wonderful session at the conference.  He shared a message from Ephesians 2:1-10.  I was struck by this passage and by some of his thoughts:

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world…”  Eph. 2:1-2 NIV

We didn’t used to care about our old lifestyle – We were doing our own thing for years.  We had no regard for God and felt like our life was fine.  We had no idea our path was leading to death and destruction. 

God woke us up to His love and His path – For those who have a relationship with Jesus Christ, God intervened.  He showed us the incredible love of Jesus.  He showed us our need to go on a different path. 

We realize how far we have to go – Somewhere along our new journey, we realize how far off we were and how far we have to go.  There’s a lot of work to be done in our lives to make us like Jesus.  We see that our journey is a long one. 

We start to envy the people who live the old lifestyle – Our life of following Christ can get difficult.  God sometimes has to discipline us to make us more like Him.  He calls us into hardship and suffering.  When life gets hard, we can start thinking that the old lifestyle was really better off.  We can start envying those who seem to live free and can do anything they want. 
THE LIE BEHIND IT ALL
In times of discouragement, we start believing that those living in our old lifestyle can have sex whenever they want, watch porn, masturbate, and act out and there be no consequences.  We start to think they are having all the fun and we’re not.   We envy them.

But we forget the cost of sexual sin.  We see the worm, but we forget about the hook. 

Sexual sin always costs us.  It always takes us away from God’s best path for our lives.  We can’t please God and give into our sexual desires.  Sin will always lead us back to destruction, death and shame. 

Don’t give into feelings of envy.  They are really lies.  Ask God to help you see the bigger picture.

One Comment
  1. May 4, 2010 8:06 am

    That describes it exactly. I definitely look at the acting out lifestyle and sometimes want to go back. I remind myself that sex outside of marriage is wrong for very good reasons. I remind myself of the tremendous consequences that come about from that kind of sin. I find that the more I can conjure up what the consequences felt like the better able I am to resist the temptation to return.

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