If you avoid marriage, you avoid encumbrances, and you can devote yourself to the Lord's work without incurring problems, difficulties and anxieties, as married people may incur. Paul writes this looking at the end of the age, and the return of Christ, or so he thought. How may people best live out the days until that time came? With a sense of holiness. Paul suggests simplicity, not taking on those relationships which may be a burden to one's response to God. In American culture, it has been assumed that the best state in which people may live is in the midst of a marriage and family.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.