“17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.” 1 Corinthian 7:17-20 NIV
Paul reminds me here that there MUST not live a dualistic life. God has called me to be a believer and sold out follower of Jesus, “in whatever situation the Lord has assigned”.
I often want God to change my situation and think that if things were only a bit different, I could serve more effeciently, give more extravagantly, and be a better and stronger disciple. If only I had more money, maybe I’d be more giving. If only I had more time, I’d be more involved with the church. If only I were more talented, then I’d volunteer my services more readily. Paul reminds me that following Jesus is not about being in the right place at the right time. It is much more about being the right person all the time.
Separation of church and state is not a God idea. This type of thinking causes believers to think that we need to be followers of Jesus at home and at church, but not allow our faith to affect our work performance or to offend others. Not true. Jesus wants me to live my faith in all situations. Instead of thinking that I can serve Jesus more effectively when my situation changes, I must be obedient to walk with Him today. I must refuse to wait until my circumstances change to be obedient to Him.
I must commit to being faithful NOW, and not only when things go favorably for me. No matter my situation or background, God wants to work in my life here and now.
Thank You Jesus, that You never give up on me. You always see me as a redemptive work. I must learn to see myself likewise. Amen.