7/20 1 Corinthians 7:24

24 So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.

Paul was addressing the marital and employment status of new believers. He believed the return of Christ was soon to come. That has been the conviction of the church throughout its history. It is a spiritually healthy attitude. If a man was single, Paul suggested that he stay single if the man's passions were under control. That would allow him to keep his whole focus on serving the Lord. He even suggested that slaves not seek to be freed unless the opportunity arose.

In every situation in life, there needs to be a Christian witness. While Christianity has historically raised the standard of living, that is not its main goal. The main goal is to introduce others to Jesus and life in Him. That life is not dependent on circumstances or class. His power manifests itself in the lives of the rich as well as the poor, the influential as well as the servant. His joy is not a matter of outward conditions, but of the heart.

The world needs Christian doctors and Christian waiters. We need Christian attorneys and Christian janitors. Every area of society needs the Christian influence so those we come in contact with can see the difference Jesus makes. Our satisfaction is in Him, not in our status or possessions in this world. He turned our perception of things upside-down when He taught that the greatest among us would be the servant of all (Mark 9:35).

Prayer: Lord, help me to look to You for the satisfaction of my heart, not to the things of this world. I thank You that I can enjoy the blessings of this creation, but may these always pale in my mind and heart when I compare them to their Creator.