Lord, You are taking me down a path that I did not know I would be walking. But I trust in You.
When I walked into my apartment last week, I didn’t know why I felt unconsciously uncomfortable. It’s a really nice apartment, a big room, spacious kitchen, and modern bathroom. Why did I feel uncomfortable?
I struggled with this for a week, not knowing the root of the pain. And then on Tuesday morning, it hit me like a freight train.
On campus housing at University of Newcastle is entirely co-ed. Not just the floor having male and female apartments, but each apartment is mixed with men and women. And in my apartment, I have one male roommate and four female roommates. Each of them are good people whom I consider my friends, but something about our apartment felt off.
I had the whole morning to myself before classes began, so I prayed and dove into the Word to find a Biblical reason for my affliction. What I discovered God saying cut straight to my heart.
In living with a woman whom I am not married to, I am sending a hypocritical message to the world about my commitment to sexual purity. How can I encourage others in their walk with God if I am not living out what I believe? In 1 Corinthians 10:23-24, Paul writes to the Corinthians about the immorality in the church: “You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’ – but not everything is good for you. You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’ – but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.” While I live with these women whom I am not married to, I am not illustrating what a Christian man lives for. I am not being a faithful Christian witness.
We as Christian men and women are instructed clearly to leave home and be united to our spouse (Genesis 2:24). When we live with someone of the opposite sex who is not our spouse, the temptation for sexual immorality and sin greatly increases. In 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, God instructs us to live a holy life that is honorable and pleasing to Him, encouraging others in their pursuit of the Lord. Because of this, I am choosing to pursue a different place to call home while I am here at the University of Newcastle. When I choose to avoid this form of evil, I set that example for others to further pursue the work of God in their life (1 Thessalonians 5:11). When I choose to reflect what the Lord teaches, He may use me as a vessel for His good works on earth.
If I truly call Jesus my Savior, the only one worthy of my life, then I ask Him to rule every aspect of it. This includes how I honor Him with the body He gave me here on earth.