Parenting In A Sexualized, Digital Age

Devotional

Rethinking Purity

This generation is being offered two invitations as we grow up in the digital age. One is from the world, which ultimately can offer only anxiety, vulgarity, and feelings of inadequacy as we and our children traverse the social media landscape. The other invitation is from our loving Creator, and it’s an invitation to an epic story, a journey of purity, that will inspire, guard, and impact everyone around us.

We were created as sexual beings. God did that–it was His idea that we bear His image, male and female, He created us. We receive every good and perfect gift from Him, and with that, the responsibility and delight of stewarding those gifts. Including, yes, the gift of our sexuality. It is God’s will that we know how to control our bodies in a way that is holy and honorable. And if He desires we know how, you can bet He will be our teacher and guide.

So often we hear skewed messages about purity, as if it is something we “have” that we can “lose” or something we “have” that we ought to “keep.” The truth is, while we were created in His image, we were also conceived in iniquity. All of us fall short. Purity can’t be contingent on our efforts or track record. Purity isn’t about our accomplishments; it is about our relationship with the One who is pure and Who is purifying us.

“And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” —1 John 3:3 (NASB)

We have this hope and thus, can rest and resolve to steward all of our gifts, including our bodies, in a way that aims to please the Lord.

Learn more about Quest: Parenting in a Sexualized Culture here: purehope.net/quest