In the journey to recover our hearts from the ravages of pornography, we must address the reality that somewhere along the way we lost ourselves.
That is to say: we forgot who we were; men made in God’s image; men with real hunger and passion that the world of pornography could never satisfy because that hunger and passion is for God Himself.
At first glance, pornography seems to provide a real answer to our passion; and for a while it is adventurous and exciting. But that quickly yields to the real nature of the beast: pornography wants control, and instead of satisfying our hunger, it fails to deliver and winds up making us more restless for a fix. Porn is an unquenchable thirst.
We get lost in the pursuit of pornography. We get lost in the binging experiences with pornography. We get lost in the shame, guilt and secrecy of pornography.
Our deep, true identity as imagebearers of God never changes, but it goes missing — in a manner of speaking. Or perhaps, better put, it gets buried under the rubble and debris of our sinful choices. The more we give ourselves to sin, the less we are able to remember who we really are. Everything gets warped by the deceitfulness of sin (Heb. 3:13).
i love this current his Jeep commercial because it touches on the reality that who we really are gets buried and forgotten, and this commercial calls it forth:
When you are lost in a small story, which this commercial addresses, pornography looks really good. When you are engaged in the big picture with God who gives life to the full, it’s a different story altogether.