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Every aspect and dimension of our life is to reflect God’s glory. And this includes our sexual selves. While in many respects we live in a hyper-sexualized world, it seems far too little attention has been given to our sexual discipleship – how our sexuality is a means to draw us closer to Christ and embody the work he has given us to do. 

To be sure, God created us as sexual beings to reflect aspects of his divine nature. And part of our faithful stewardship requires us to do just this. 

It’s tempting to downplay the importance of our sexuality in a world that tends to idolize it. And talking openly about sexual issues can also make us uncomfortable, particularly when God is connected to the conversation. Generally, we like these conversations kept in the bedroom, the locker room, or online chats, if they take place at all. 

And while certainly there’s a private side to our sexuality, we miss the mark when the people of God are not faithful in teaching and having these conversations with each other. And our neglect perpetuates a false divide between our spiritual and sexual selves. 

Often when we think about following Christ we think about growing in love, sharing his Good News, and even how we should be wise stewards with our work, time, and finances. And these are all good things. 

But we cannot stop here if Christ is to be preeminent in all things. And much more than merely a list of do’s and don’ts, we must learn how our sexual selves are a reflection of God’s truth, goodness, and beauty. As such, we have the responsibility to discover, engage, and celebrate it to the full – letting our sexuality shine as light in a dark world.  

In the end, your sexuality should not be divorced from the rest of your life in Christ. And sexual discipleship calls for you to bring the fullness of your sexual self to your life with God – drawing closer to him and reflecting more of his glory in the world.  

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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