And Such Were Some of You.
What good are my intentions without convictions
Come stir my inner being
Beyond all emotion
What good are my successes without holiness
I could gain the world and still be without You
I can only tell you my story. I don’t expect it to be yours, but I do know it is flooded with all the grace and beauty of the road less traveled–the way of the Kingdom as described in scripture.
One of my favorite places in scripture is 1 Corinthians 6 where Paul identifies all the people who won’t inherit the Kingodm of heaven. Then, in a powerful, shame-shattering statement he says in verse 11, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
I am certainly one of the “such” and his mercy continues to meet me. This is not an attempt to persuade you that homosexuality is sinful; the Bible is pretty clear about that on numerous occasions (just read the verses that come before verse 11). My goal is that you would do business with the Lord, realizing that nothing is too dark for his light to illuminate. No one is too far for him not to pursue them. And nothing is impossible with God.
He is a God who forgives the prostitute (Matthew 26) and meets the adulteress at the well (John 4). He touches the leper (Mark 1). He calls the one who will betray him to be an apostle (Matthew 10). His love is boundless and fierce.
Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
The desire is holiness. We don’t have a God who affirms our feelings but calls us to higher and greater and more–a God who requires that we accept and rely on truth, believing that his character is just and pure and righteous.
And through his spirit, we can be blameless (Philippians 2:15).
I have decided that redeemed is the best word that can describe my sexuality, viewing myself through the lens of those blood-stained letters, I can live a life worthy of the calling by which I have been called from the freedom that Christ has given me.
I have decided that I would rather wage war with Satanany day (Ephesians 6), than give up my inheritance as a daughter of Christ (Galatians 4).
I have decided to follow Jesus.
No turning back.
No turning back.