1 Corinthians 7: 35 – And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.
I love this verse. Paul was talking to the church of Corinth but while reading, I saw the parallelism with how society thinks today. When people hear, “living for Christ”, they think imprisonment and so without fully understanding what is required of them, chose to be incarcerated, not realizing that they are. God cares for us and only wants the best for us. Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Yet we see it fit to live a life that is ruled by a thief, murderer and destructive being. John 10:10 – The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
We are given guidance to preserve the Kingdom of God while enhancing us individually. When we try to live for God but lean on our own understanding we become distracted by the things of this world and if immediate corrections are not made, fall into diverse temptations, to which we may succumb. A life in Christ is not a life of imprisonment. It’s where we are most free to live but the word of God must be hidden in us so that we do not sin against the Kingdom and cause it to be spoken of sacrilegiously.
Would you chose to live a life of Christ or a thief?
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