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“And his interests are divided. The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord” (1 Corinthians 7:34-35).

The community in Corinth was amidst upheaval because of the impropriety of one of its members. Paul’s direction here is not a law, but a way of thinking through these things. He is telling us to keep our eyes upon the prize. The way to the prize is the upward call of Jesus. Be led to become like Christ in whatever way that will take you and let nothing get in the way.

Lord, You know all things and You know all that is needed. Grant us eyes to see and ears to hear all that is right and true. No matter to what You call me, help me to go there. Grant that I would see through the distractions to focus upon all that is right and good. You have come for our benefit. You have come that we might live into the purpose for why we exist. Be the One who guides and let it be no one and nothing else.                                

 Lord Jesus, You know the struggles of this world. You know how hard it is to see through all of the distractions that come each day. Guide me this day, Lord Jesus, that I would see clearly as I walk each step of faith. Help me now and always to see that in You alone is the hope of all. In and through all circumstances, help me to learn how to be faithful that I would live according to the Father’s will. Amen.