The Spirituality of Intimacy

Last week, we wrapped up our sermon series - “Revolution: The Transformational Teachings of Jesus.” Over the fall we’ve been talking about how topsy-turvy the teachings of Jesus seem to our modern day culture and mindsets. We’ve been challenged to give generously, love radically, and live purely. A few of our recent blog posts and sermons have included this topic of purity and what it really means to marry our spirituality with our sexuality. Quite revolutionary this idea is for our day and age, no?

We found a great blog post written earlier this week by Shannon Ethridge, a counselor and life coach that advocates for spiritual and sexual integrity. Check out her thoughts about intimacy and the cultural phenomena of “Fifty Shades of Grey” here.

I like the distinction she makes between intimacy and sex. They’re different yet they belong together. The physical act of sex, divorced from intimacy is satisfying only for a temporary period of time and always leaves us longing for something else. Namely, intimacy. Intimacy is what we all crave. What we crave is to be known - to be accepted - to be loved. That’s intimacy. May we all be healed first and foremost by “soul-deep intimacy,” as Ms. Ethridge says. Healed through the love of Christ, not by our own efforts to make ourselves feel “ok,” like our relationship status, a busy calendar, or followers on twitter. I’m reminded of Jesus’ words to the Samaritan woman in John 4:13-14, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Let us all drink deeply once from the water that Jesus gives - his Word, his Way, his Life - and let our satisfaction be found here, before it’s found in anything else.

Fifty Shades of Grey