Today’s text addresses several life situations that some would consider controversial. What is God’s view of your marital status, your occupation or even your freedom? The bible gives clear counsel on all these subjects and more. It all comes down to the reality that you can be a faithful and true Christian even in the most undesirable situations. The real question is; Can you serve God faithfully in your current life circumstances?
The message bible translation puts it this way…
… don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status, defines your life. Don’t think I’m being harder on you than on the others. I give this same counsel in all the churches. Were you Jewish at the time God called you? Don’t try to remove the evidence. Were you non-Jewish at the time of your call? Don’t become a Jew. Being Jewish isn’t the point. The really important thing is obeying God’s call, following his commands. Stay where you were when God called your name. Were you a slave? Slavery is no roadblock to obeying and believing. I don’t mean you’re stuck and can’t leave. If you have a chance at freedom, go ahead and take it. I’m simply trying to point out that under your new Master you’re going to experience a marvelous freedom you would never have dreamed of. On the other hand, if you were free when Christ called you, you’ll experience a delightful “enslavement to God” you would never have dreamed of. All of you, slave and free both, were once held hostage in a sinful society. Then a huge sum was paid out for your ransom. So please don’t, out of old habit, slip back into being or doing what everyone else tells you. Friends, stay where you were called to be. God is there. Hold the high ground with him at your side. 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 (MSG)
I hope you caught the phrase in the middle of this text, “The really important thing is obeying God’s call, following his commands.” In every situation of life this should be your priority and your main concern. Are you seeking to obey God’s call and follow His commands?