Day 4: Holiness for Life
If you were to read 1 Corinthians 7 straight through, many verses would likely jump off the page and give you something to think about. But one verse seems to summarize much of what Paul is trying to communicate in this section of his letter. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 7:17, “… each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them.”
The simplicity of this verse cannot be missed. Are you married? Live as a believer in your marriage. Are you divorced? Live as a believer in your divorce. Are you single? Live as a believer in your singleness. Are you widowed? Live as a believer. You can just picture a few hundred people gathered around listening to this letter being read out loud, many of whom were probably thinking to themselves, “Oh, Paul is just telling us to live as followers of Jesus. The more I know Jesus, the more I’ll live the life I’m called to live. So maybe if I get to know Jesus better, I’ll better know how to live in whatever circumstance I may experience.”
As you read today, consider this: On a scale of 1-10, how well are you getting to know Jesus? In what ways may He be inviting you to get to know Him better?
READING: 1 PETER 1:15-16, PHILIPPIANS 1:6
On a scale of 1-10, how well are you getting to know Jesus?
In what ways may He be inviting you to get to know Him better?
Which one of these ways can you immediately begin to put into practice on a regular basis? If possible, ask somebody else to help you.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Ezra 3 & 4
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today?
Heavenly Father, today I am reminded that You haven’t only called me to be holy, but have already declared that I am holy. What a wonderful God You are! But I confess that I don’t always feel holy. Instead I sometimes feel less-than. No good. A failure. I recognize these thoughts don’t come from You, so I commit my day to remembering that You are good, that You love me, that You’ve given me a purpose, and that You’ve given me a future. Truly, there is nothing else more I need than You. May I rest in these truths today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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