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"Going All The Way"


"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her"

Ephesians 5:25

At a high school summer camp the speaker had just ended his teaching on sexual purity which usually sparks more conversations in the evening devotionals back at the cabins before bed. This time it would be no different. A young man and his girlfriend wanted to speak to their youth pastor that night most likely to confess that they had engaged in premarital sex which the bible calls fornication. As the young boy and girl sat talking with their youth pastor the assistant youth pastor was sitting in the next room listening in in hopes of learning himself how to deal with such sensitive matters.

The young couple immediately shared with their youth pastor that in fact they had been engaging in premarital sex but the tone of their confession seemed that they were proud and not remorseful. Their youth pastor sensed the pride and asked them to explain to him just exactly what they had done and the young man looked at the youth pastor as if to say, "are you stupid, I just told you we went all the way." The youth pastor said he understood what the young boy had stated but the youth pastor wanted to know what the young couple actually meant by what they said as many times when you are dealing with people, especially youth, what they say and what they mean don't necessarily line up so its best to not assume. The assistant youth leader who was listening in was thinking too that the youth pastor must be kind of dumb for asking the question in the first place. After all wasn't it obvious what they kids were talking about? After all, everyone knows what going all the way means, don't they?

The youth pastor asked them what they meant by their answer and this time the young girl spoke up and said to her youth pastor, "We are just saying that we went all the way" to which the youth pastor responded, "You think that is going all the way?" Now the young kids were confused as was the assistant youth leader listening in from the next room. The youth pastor continued. "You think that is going all the way do you? I'll tell you what going all the way is. Going all the way is my neighbors across the street from where I live. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor. They have been married for almost 60 years now and in recent years Mrs. Taylor has not been well. Every morning before the sun comes up Mr. Taylor can been seen sitting in the bay window of their home with his bible open, hands clasped, praying over his wife and her needs. When she awakes the first face she sees each morning is his waiting on her hand and foot. He prepares her meals each day and serves her and cares for her. He helps her to get up and to get dressed. He reads to her from the bible and prays with her every day. He talks to her about life, their children and grandchildren and especially the love he feels for her after all these years and how fortunate he is that she said yes to him when he asked her to marry him so many years ago.

When Mr. Taylor must go out to get groceries and his wife's medication he has one of their children come and sit with their mother as he hurries about his business so he won't be gone too long and cause his wife to worry about him. When he returns home he immediately finds her and comes to her side and whispers in her ear, "I love you, I missed you" even when he was only gone a short time." With a tone that resembled that of a southern Baptist preacher the youth pastor pounded his fist on the table in front of him and with eyes like steel he looked at this young couple and he said firmly, "That's going all the way". What you have done has not even come close. What you have done animals can do with no love at all. What began as a proud moment for two teenage kids bragging about their lack of sexual purity had turned to a moment of pure humility when they were made to consider what real love looks like and the sacrifices that true love willingly makes.

Yes, loved one, "going on all the way" is not measured in a moment but over the course of a lifetime. If you are single let me remind you today to keep yourself pure, date as if you are dating someone else's future husband or wife and if you are married, fulfill your vows. Remember the promises you made when you stood at an altar promising your love and devotion to one another and remember what you said joyfully that day, "Until death do us part". Going all the way is about lifelong commitment and devotion, unwavering dedication through thick and thin. Going on all the way is saying in effect, "I have always loved you and I always will" as going all the way is both practical and prophetical. Practical in that love is lived out in real life and in real time, day by day, in the moment and as well it is prophetical as it is a promise and a vow regarding the future, that no matter what we go through I will keep loving you and I will always be here for you until such a time as we are separated by death. That my friends is going all the way!

"'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."

Matthew 19:5-6


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Wednesday, 23 January 2019