MONDAY February 5, 2018
Life is too Short, Live for Christ
But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away. - 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Paul spoke to the Corinthian believers about the time––it was short. They should live in the expectancy of the Lord’s imminent return. A husband and wife need to make an important agreement together. They should not get so bogged down with their marriage and be wrapped up in the cares of this life. Both the husband and wife should live to be used to serve the Lord. They should look to the Lord’s return because time was short.
There are men who will take what Paul has said in these verses out of context. They think they are free to neglect their wives and do whatever they want to do––they are now free! No, that is not the right context. I have also known people who have been married for a long time and they will not serve the Lord apart from each other. God does want us not to be in bondage in our marriages. A husband and wife often have different spiritual gifts to be used by God separately.
I thank God for my wife! She is a missionary. We both can serve the Lord apart from each other and do His perfect will. We trust and love each other. We both recognize that when the Lord returns, He should find both of us serving Him and doing His perfect will. Understandably we have other responsibilities––home, job, children and grandchildren, but we should not spend more time on family, than to look for the coming of the Lord. We need to be careful to make sure there is a good balance in our marriages and take consideration in the reality of Christ’s coming.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
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