Sunday 11 August, 2013

1 Corinthians 7:17-24

17 But each of you should remain in the place in life that the Lord has given you. Stay as you were when God chose you. That’s the rule all the churches must follow. 18 Was a man already circumcised when God chose him? Then he should not become uncircumcised. Was he uncircumcised when God chose him? Then he should not be circumcised. 19 Being circumcised means nothing. Being uncircumcised means nothing. Doing what God commands is what counts. 20 Each of you should stay as you were when God chose you. 21 Were you a slave when God chose you? Don’t let it trouble you. But if you can get your master to set you free, do it. 22 Those who were slaves when the Lord chose them are now the Lord’s free people. Those who were free when God chose them are now slaves of Christ. 23 Christ has paid the price for you. Don’t become slaves of human beings. 24 Brothers and sisters, you are accountable to God. So all of you should stay as you were when God chose you.

Paul is speaking to the believers here about God’s desire that they live authentically. As new believers in Christ, some were confused as to what changes were required for them to fit in with this new found faith. He tells them that outward religious practice is not the priority – keeping God’s commandments is. Paul is also encouraging them to be content in whatever circumstances they may be in.

God always desires that we live in an authentic way and embrace our own unique calling. He also desires that we live in contentment with who we are and the circumstances we find ourselves in.

It’s always a temptation to look at someone else’s situation and have the “grass is always greener” syndrome. But I’ve discovered that every single person I know has their own struggles and trials (even the ones who look like they have it all together!), and it’s a pointless waste of energy to be wishing mine away.

Instead I am learning to embrace my circumstances, believing that God knows what He is doing in my life and trusting in His goodness as I follow Him.

May contentment, peace, and trust in God be a hallmark of my life, no matter what my circumstances.

Written by Shelley Witt

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  1. David Newton says:

    It is such a trap to compare yourself with others. I find your words very comforting! Thanks Shelley

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