I encourage you to stop right now… and before reading this blog read 1 Corinthians chapter seven. This will aid you in a better understanding of the context and setting for verses 22 through 24.
22 And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ. 23 God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. 24 Each of you, dear brothers and sisters, should remain as you were when God first called you. (1 Corinthians 7:22-24)
To better understand what Paul is saying as he refers to ‘slave’ in the New Living Translation or ‘bondservant’ in the English Standard Version, the word ‘slave’ is translated back to the word doulos in Greek which is defined as “a state of being completely controlled by someone or something ‘subservient to, controlled by.’
Through these verses, we are encouraged and challenged not to fall prey to the pressures of the world. Do you care more about the opinions of others or obedience to God? Are you a slave (controlled by) to the world? Putting all of your attention and focus on the judgments of others?
I CARE MORE ABOUT OBEDIENCE TO GOD THAN ACCEPTANCE FROM MAN
Paul is challenging each one of us to recognize our loyalties, our master. We are controlled by God, through the Holy Spirit to do a great work in us. That we would be convicted, encouraged, empowered, and challenged through the Holy Spirit, not by man because of their sinful nature but God because of His overwhelming power.
Today, stop and look internally, are you worried more about being obedient to God and His leading in your life or are you more concerned with the judgment you may receive from others? Many times (even in church) the judgment we concern ourselves with is not even there. We build up assumptions and stories in our own lives and begin to stress because of these assumptions. These little lies, we allow our selves to believe. So instead of worrying about others (and your assumptions) worry about God, focus on Him. Are you obedient? Trusting with all you have, all you are, that you would be obedient no matter the circumstances.
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