I Corinthians 7-10: Living For God

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 Corinthians 7:29-31, ESV

 

One of the great things about the Bible is that it contains the proper perspective that will allow us to live a good life for God. The Seventh chapter of Paul's first letter to the church at Corinth is a wonderful example of the perspective that God wants us to live with. This particular chapter covers everything from slavery to divorce and remarriage, and just about everything in between.

 

The passage above addresses one of the great difficulties that the church was going through at the time this letter was being written. The church at that time was experiencing a great  persecution. Now we realize that persecution is something that we have not dealt with a lot in modern day America, but it is something that is starting to rear its ugly head so it will be good for us to pay particular attention to how God expects His people to deal with hard times.

 

Paul points out how the time is very short and he wants the people to get a grip on that which is most important. So, when he tells married people to live as if they were not, he is not telling them to get a divorce or to live in an immoral way, nor is he instructing them to show their spouses any less love or devotion. He is simply pointing out that they do not need to allow anything to get in the way of their devotion to God. The things he mentions in the list above includes everything from marriage, mourning, happiness, our possessions, and the way we deal with the world.

 

In other words God, through the inspired writings of Paul, is trying to get us a proper perspective: He is to be first! All other things are secondary.

 

Over the next few days we will be reading about things of such a practical and timely nature that it may seem that the words were written today and not 2,000 years ago. The reason for this is hopefully obvious by this stage in our readings. Mankind and the problems of men really haven't changed much over the years. Our duty is to handle the problems well. Our privilege is to enjoy the good things that God has given us. And our responsibility is to maintain the proper perspective throughout.

 

The next set of readings is from the 7th-10th chapters of I Corinthians. They will help us keep the focus and perspective that God wants all of His dearly loved children to have.