|I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. -2 Corinthians 11:2-3
As I read these verses this morning, I couldn’t help but reflect on everything that is going on in this world and in my life as well. We were promised to Christ and were supposed to be presented to him as pure virgins, but we are being lured away.
Let me paint a picture for you: Picture a father who has been looking forward to giving his virgin daughter away on her wedding day. He has been working very hard throughout her entire life to shelter her from evil and conniving men that just want to de-virgin her. He has succeeded for a while, but when she finally meets her one true love, he begins to let down his guard because he trusts that she will love only him and they will get married. However, these conniving men continue to come back in attempts to lure this virgin away, and to his surprise, they begin to win her over. This father however still trusts in her faithfulness to her future husband, so he lets her go.
As soon as her father turns away, the virgin’s eyes start to wander and she begins to give in to the ploys of these conniving men. Even worse, she does so right in front of her soon-to-be husband. As he watches her, his heart is breaking, and he is crying out and begging her to stop, but she is sinking further into their hands. He promises to forgive and take her back if she only leaves these men and comes back to him, but she just continues.
Eventually, the girl realizes that she does love her “soon-to-be husband,” and she runs back into his hands. He embraces her, kisses her, and tells her how much he had yearned for that moment and just like a story book romance, they begin to walk together hand in hand into the sunset. They haven’t walked very far when the connivers begin to yell out her name. Her soon-to-be-husband yanks her and begins to run, but she pushes him away and runs back into the hands if these connivers. They begin to rip her clothes off, and she lets them without a single fight, she wants them too.
The soon-to-be-husband watches the love of life and continues to yell out for her. He watches how like a heathen, she succumbs to the ploys of these men, and invites them in to defile her temple. Man after man enters and pollutes her, and still she does nothing but cries for more. She just continues to trade her innocence on a bargaining table of disdain and utter degradation. After they have finished, all the men chant happily at their conquest and run away. The “once-a-virgin” lies there, alone and drenched in tears as she regrets what she has just done; she can’t even bare to look at her soon-to-be-husband.
The soon-to-be-husband, heartbroken and angry, but still in love runs to his bride and picks her up. He wipes the tears from her eyes and gives her new clothes. He is disgusted at the debauchery he just witnessed, but he loves her too much to just walk away. He nurses her wounds for her, and as they again begin to walk again together into the sunset, the connivers begin to yell out for her again.
What are you going to do “once-a virgin”? The Lord is begging you to continue on your journey to the altar of your marriage, but the world is calling you for more. What are you going to do? Are you willing to risk walking away from your soon-to-be-husband and looking back and not seeing him standing there anymore? Are you ready to forsake your marriage for a few moments of pleasure? The heart can only take so much! You may have pushed him to his breaking point. Think about it.
Stay blessed and spread the word.