Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Lesson from Marriage

The apostle Paul takes a lot of time in I Cor 7 to talk about marriage; specifically about some of the challenges facing those who are married and some of the advantages of being single.  The point I want to focus on is, well simply, the "point."  Read on; (I Cor 7:32-35, Message)

"I want you to live as free of complications as possible. When you're unmarried, you're free to concentrate on simply pleasing the Master. Marriage involves you in all the nuts and bolts of domestic life and in wanting to please your spouse, leading to so many more demands on your attention. The time and energy that married people spend on caring for and nurturing each other, the unmarried can spend in becoming whole and holy instruments of God. I'm trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder. All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions."

I think there's some simple observations we can make here that will help all of us live; whether married or single.

1) "When you're unmarried you're free to concentrate on simply pleasing the Master."  The point Paul is making is simply this; be devoted to God.  He is rightly observing that the more complicated your life gets; marriage, kids, jobs, etc - the harder it is to be solely devoted to God.  However, this isn't a command to remain unmarried, but it is an encouragement to...

2) "...develop a way of life in which you can spent plenty of time together with the Master..."

The point is this; is your life so complicated and cluttered that your relationship with Christ is anything but priority?  Are you able to spent plenty of time together with God...un-distracted time?

Paul is admonishing us to have a way of life that is devoted to God and allows for plenty of time with Him.  How are you doing...?

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