Yesterday was a heavier day for my wife and I emotionally, feeling weight from the darkness in our town and world for sure, but also weights of responsibility. God helped both of us through the encouragement from our little family of believers as well as through casting our cares upon the Lord. God has been encouraging me in Psalm 119 to remember that His Word is not a text book to use for becoming smarter, though it does challenge and educate and can for some be a tool for their pride and one-upmanship. I won’t hide that I’ve been such a one at times in my following of Jesus. God challenges he’s us though to fear and love Him so much that our attitude toward Gos Word is more like a lover’s to his or her love’s letters. We soak in God’s Word because we love God and want to KNOW Him more intimately and follow Him more attentively. Our love relationship with God is far more intimate that the love between lovers. It’s intense and transforming to the deepest levels.
1 Corinthians 7 has been really helping me to draw nearer to the Lord as well. It’s been helping too to have healthier expectations in my wife’s and my marriage too as we seek to live out domestic missionary life here in Merced, CA.
Read the excerpts from the chapter below or just get this take-away…
Paul says all of this “to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.”
JESUS, hold our faces even now and remind us by Your Spirit and through Your Word and healthy Jesus community relationships… draw us into a trusting walk with You. May we be Your close companions and be refreshing people of peace for the hurting, dying, lonely, confused, depressed, suicidal, angry, sin-soaked, lonely, abandoned, jealous, self-confident, rich, poor, successful, unsuccessful… may we be outposts of Your KINDNESS, JESUS.
Awe-struck by Jesus’ manner of undivided devotion to gentle and faithful displays of God’s kindness and patience and GRACE toward an undeserving humanity. May we step boldly into Jesus’ path and walk out this life as His lights in a dark world, no matter our context.
Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. – 1 Corinthians 7:17
22 For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ.
23 You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. – 1 Corinthians 7:22-23
So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God. – 1 Corinthians 7:24
29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
– 1 Corinthians 7:29-35