Just Live

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Here’s what I’m getting at, friends:

We only have a short time left. So from now on, if you’re married, you should live as if you were single. If you’re grief-stricken, live as if you weren’t. If you’re happy, live as if you’re not. If you’ve got a lot of stuff, live as if you haven’t got it. If you’re concerned about the world, don’t be. Everything you know is about to vanish.

Another “end of the world” passage. How should we live? Paul wants us to leave the world behind, even before it’s gone. Unfortunately, two millennia later, we still have to deal with the world around us. I’m going to leave the rest of the interpretation to the awesome folks at Radio Free Babylon, who’ve said it about as well as can be said:

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One thought on “Just Live”

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

    This verse gives a little more clarity to the passage not being about the world ending, but undivided attention to your relationship with God who is Spirit.

    A sister passage with the same idea by Paul is:

    Philippians 3:7-8 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

    I like the King James here because of the funny wording. Gamaliel was Paul’s teacher and one of the best of Paul’s day. You know, if your taught by the best, you or someone you know has some cash. So Paul knew the best of his day. Saying he considered the best of his day but dung lets you know that he considered knowing Jesus as the ultimate life opportunity.

    It’s been mine now for some years. I never go a day without being consumed in His Presence. And it is becoming more moment by moment…. I always thought the command to be filed with the Spirit as a job. But I have come to realize with the help of two separate verses that it is the ultimate Joy. The scriptures tell us that God is Love and that God is Spirit. So to be filled with the Spirit is really to be filled with Love.

    Love is what we all long for. And here is an unlimited pure uncut source that never runs dry. Here is where Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, “to know the heights and depths of God’s love” starts to make sense and really completes the 1 Corinthians 7 passage. Don’t waste your life on stuff, but be consumed in knowing God. I’ll second Paul’s thought that there is nothing like knowing God’s Love. It is the ultimate.

    This also answers Corinth’s sex issues. Why bow to an imposter when God is the ultimate source of Love?

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