10 To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband 11 (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.
12 To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. 13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15 But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. 16 For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
Live as You Are Called
17 Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. 18 Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. 19 For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. 20 Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. 21 Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) 22 For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. 24 So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (1 Co 7:10–24). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Church Family: Family Life
Live as you are called. Those five words help us discern many of our decisions we may have about family life. Do I stay or do I go? Is this the right family for me? Is this the right job for me? Is this where we should live? Is this where we should go to church? Is this where we should serve? Is this the lifestyle we should have?
We all have to own the temptation of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Everyone wonders if the grass is greener somewhere else. That’s one of the first traps of sin. Wondering is not a sin. Wandering is. We wonder what life would be like if things were different, and if we let it go on long enough, our feet soon follow our thoughts. Those stories often end with the comment, “It seemed like a good idea at the time…”
Don’t get caught up in the hype so much that you lose sight of the fact that God led you to the place you are right this very minute. That doesn’t automatically mean you should stay there, but it does mean that maybe you ought to ask Him for directions if you are planning on moving. And even if you aren’t, maybe it’s time to ask Him for directions again for what you are doing while you are there.
Reflection: Are you following God or are you just wandering from place to place in your life? We may not always know the destination details, but do you at least know Who you are traveling with and Who is leading?
Trying to hear the music in the din of many voices.
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