Today’s Reading | 1 Corinthians 7
Hang in There
Paul gives a common theme in verses 17, 20, 24 and 26. Did you pick up on it when you read through these verses? What is it? How does that apply to our lives right now? Often, when we make spiritual decisions, we think it means we need to make major sweeping changes. That may be true at times, but there are some areas that should not change. In the Corinthian church, they thought getting saved meant finding a new wife if you were married to an unbeliever. If a slave trusted Christ, he might think that his decision meant his standing, his position in the culture, needed to change. Paul explained that you can be a Christian and live for God while remaining in your present circumstance. If God called you to be a slave, be the best slave you can possibly be. If married to an unsaved spouse, then seek to honor God in your marriage. Often we are exactly where God wants us to be, but are prone to want to jump ship or bail out. Paul discouraged that kind of attitude. Our spiritual decision might open doors to reach those in our world. In what present circumstance do you need renewed determination to hang on and allow God to work? God has you there for a reason. Do you see it? Can you imagine what God might do through your circumstances?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?