Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 7
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
Keeping first things first helps us to enjoy God’s blessings to the fullest. Whether single or married, employed or looking for employment we can be happy in our current circumstances. I Corinthians chapter 7 teaches us to submit to God in all things and make serving Christ top priority for our lives. Sadly, many people today are unsettled and haven’t discovered peace and contentment. God’s Word gives us the key. First, Be faithful to Christ in your current circumstances. If you are married put Christ first and be happily married. If you are single put Christ first and be happily unmarried. Avoid sexual sins and immoral behavior. Do what you have to do within God’s will to remain pure. This will lead to joy. Secondly, make it a priority to reach people for Christ. You may be struggling in a marriage and wondering why you are there. It may be that God wants to use you to reach your unbelieving spouse. Paul said, “But as God has distributed to every man, as the Lord has called every one, so let him walk.” (I Corinthians 7:17)
Not only must we make it a priority to be faithful to Christ, and reach others for Christ, but also we must live with a sense of urgency. Paul said, “The time that remains is very short.” (I Corinthians 7:29 NLT)
He also said, “For this world as we know it will soon pass away.” (I Corinthians 7:31 NLT)
Don’t be distracted by the concerns of this world. Spend your time doing the Lord’s work and thinking about how you can please Him. Make serving and living for Jesus the highest priority of your life. Be satisfied with everything God has given you, and don’t want for more. Yield yourself completely to God and witness for Christ in every circumstance and trust that God placed you there for a purpose.
Prayer: “Dear Jesus, teach us the way of peace and contentment for the joy of the Lord is our strength, help us to make winning our family and friends to Christ the highest priority of our lives. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron