Lust #2 – The Conversation
Phil Piasecki | Worship Leader
Within the family, lust is something that we do not like to discuss. I remember when I was 12 my dad sat me down to explain to me why we are not supposed to look at certain things. It was not a fun conversation. I am sure he did not enjoy it, but it was an important conversation to have. One day I will have to sit my own children down and explain to them how things that the world says is ok to lust after goes against what the Bible teaches us. Within the family, we have to be willing to sit down and have tough conversations with each other, even when it is uncomfortable.
Lust is something that every person struggles with in some form, and it is something that the Bible speaks about frequently. Romans 8:6 says, “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” There are multiple definitions of lust. One form means a “very strong sexual desire,” but another definition also means “a passionate desire for something.” The Bible warns us in Romans 8:6 about the consequences of having “a passionate desire” for things of the flesh. James 1:14-15 also echoes the same warning, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” When we lust after the things of this world, death is the outcome. The world tells us we should desire power, fame, and money. However, Christ commands us to desire Him and to set our mind on the Spirit. Desiring the things of Christ and not the things of this world is not an easy task. We are constantly bombarded with worldly things everywhere we look.
We need to constantly be aware of the primary things we find ourselves desiring. If we are lusting after things of the flesh, we need to repent and turn our desires towards the things of Christ. The family needs to be there to lift each other up and help one another desire the things of Christ. Parents, you need to show your kids in Scripture the spiritual things they should be desiring. Kids, encourage your siblings to seek after Christ and not the “treasures” of this world. The world trains us to lust after fleshly things; we need to be diligent in strengthening our relationship with Christ each and every day so that our desires will match the desires of His heart. When we make Christ a priority in our lives, we will find ourselves desiring the things He desires. Also, when we make Christ a priority we are setting an example for our family on how they need to live their lives. If we desire life and peace, we must constantly be setting our minds on the things of Christ.