I often find myself reading something that really resonates with me or stirs something within me that gets me excited about who I am. I like that. Recently for me it was the latest posting by Shellie R Warren on her blog on the xxxchurch site.
I like her take on all things to do with sexuality and what she said really got me thinking about being Holy and who we are in Christ. I won’t go into great detail, but I want to share what I got from it.
She basically talked about being uncommon, about not being like everyone else, about treating yourself like God treats you, basically loving yourself. This is something I have a hard time doing sometimes.
You see to be common means to go with the grain or to try and be like everyone else even if you know that its not good for you. To be uncommon means the opposite. Not just to not care what people think of you but to not treat yourself less than you should
1 Peter 2:9-10 says
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
I like this because when taken in the context of which Shellie is talking ie from someone who treated herself sexually well below the level that God had planned for her, it is a reminder that we are called to be uncommon in these issues.
xxxchurch is important to me for many reasons but they are helping to remind myself that I am uncommon. I don’t have to be like other people who don’t take their sexuality seriously. I have a higher standard when it comes to that and so does God.
And I believe that this starts with how we view ourselves and whether we love oursleves or not. If we do then we will find it easy to live to God’s standard but if we don’t we struggle and I believe this has been why I struggled so often with lust. When you love yourself, you don’t feel bad and don’t need other avenues such as sex to give us self esteem. It’s all in who Jesus is and what he does.
We need to remember that whenever we feel tempted or vulnerable to give in to sin. We have a standard to reach but which we already have met, simply because we have the Holy Spirit in us. I think that whenever we decide that we are worth more, that we are special as a basic characteristic of who we are in Christ, then we can be standard setters for people. We don’t have to treat ourselves like we are worthless because we aren’t. We are special, meant for a special purpose, unique, exceptionally valued. We are uncommon