October 14- 1 Corinthians 7:17-31
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1 Corinthians 7:17-31
Concerning Change of Status
17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. 24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
Concerning the Unmarried
25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
Shift in Focus | Marianne Toovey
1 Corinthians 7:31
Because the end is near, we shouldn’t let marriage or other things of this world distract us from the bigger picture – which is Jesus and our eternity.
As the end of this year fast approaches, I find myself reflecting on the word God gave me for 2018, focus. Shifting my focus from me and this life to God and the next will be an ongoing process. One that won’t end with a new year and a new word. But over the last 9+ months, I do see a change. I do still get concerned with the things of this world, but I turn to God about them a lot sooner than I used to! And it’s exciting that I’m finding my biggest concern in my earthly marriage is actually a spiritual concern and I’m watching as God moves in the situation!
Father, thank You for my word and all that You’ve accomplished in my life because of it! I do pray for continued guidance as I learn to shift my focus to You. I don’t want to be concerned with the things of this world because they won’t last, but You will! Help me with this! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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