When you preach through the Bible with a systematic style of having the text in front of you, those really tough places will pop up from time to time. Eventually, you get to passage you’d rather skip over.
1 Thess. 4 is one of those places. Paul won’t avoid it.
Neither should we.
And my question is just very, very simple: “As a follower of Jesus Christ, who I claim as my King, am I willing to have my whole being (and that means my sexuality) laid before him and allow him to command what is best for my life?”
It is my desire to leave it in that simplest phrasing, let the passage stay in front of me, and consider: “Am I truly living as wholly given over to my King?”
HIS will needs to matter, if I am his apprentice and HE is my master teacher. The world doesn’t get to dictate this matter to me any more if I am truly following him.
Leaving it in as simple terms as possible, my truly honest question is this: how do you walk this passage out in your life?
As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;4 that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit. (1 Thess. 4:1-8)