Sunday, August 30, 2009

Monday Devotion, August 31

1 Corinthians 7:17-24

17 Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. 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 one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him. 21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord’s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.

Quick Notes

It's funny how we spend most of our lives trying to become something other than what we are. Of course, we become what we are by what we did, so we have a weird cycle going. Each one of us was bought with a price. For some, that price frees us from the slavery of brokenness and sin. For others, that price enslaves us from the reckless freedom that we have abused way too much. You have the ability and capability of doing your part in the Kingdom of God right where you are right where you are right now.

Quick Questions

Do you feel like you are a freedman or slave, currently? Which have you become since recognizing that you have been bought by Christ?
Quick Prayer

Jesus, thank you for freeing me to be your slave. Amen.

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