Today’s Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7
First Corinthians 7 can be a challenging chapter. There are some tough ideas, and obviously we can’t address them all here. But, honestly? I love this chapter. There are some ideas presented here that I feel we don’t discuss enough as Christians.
Exhibit A) Singleness.
Here’s some context: I am a single woman who works at a church. Do you know how many people in my life are trying to set me up with someone?
Everyone. Everyone is trying to set me up with someone.
Now, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Still, I actually really like being single, and people, especially in the church, don’t seem to understand that.
Marriage and families are beautiful. They’re a huge part of God’s plan for humanity, and in a world where those ideas are often under attack, it’s important for the church to defend them. However, we put so much effort into defending the ideals of married life, I think we start to believe someone’s life is incomplete if he or she is not in a relationship. Maybe we even view being single as a bad thing.
To be clear, I don’t think Paul is saying there is anything bad about being married. I mean, it was God who said “be fruitful and multiply” in the very first chapter of Genesis (vs 1:28). But for those of you who are waiting for a relationship, or who were in a relationship but are no longer, here’s my advice: instead of focusing on finding someone, consider what God might be teaching you during this time of singleness.
(And for those of you who are in relationships, consider cutting your single friends and family members a little slack; we don’t necessarily need your help finding a date.)
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
If you aren’t in a relationship, do you trust God to handle your relationship status? Are you pursuing “the right one,” or are you working on becoming the right one?
If you are in a relationship, do you place God above your significant other? Does your relationship distract you from God, or does it draw you closer to him?
Consider where God has you relationally at this point in your life, if it’s where he wants you to be, and why. Ask God to use your current relationship status to draw you closer to him, instead of distracting you from him.
21 Days of Prayer -Day 5
Today’s Prayer Focus: Our Leaders – Nation, State, and City (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Together let’s pray for all our leaders. We pray for them to receive your wisdom as they lead and serve our communities. May we be a country that honors you and remain a place where we can freely speak your name and share your truths.
21 Days of Prayer -Day 6
Today’s Prayer Focus: This weekend’s church services: Pray for every guest to have an open heart and receive what God offers this weekend.
Together let’s pray for our weekend services. We pray that every guest receives what God has for them this weekend. We also pray for our DreamTeams to help each guest know that they matter by loving them the way Jesus loves us.
21 Days of Prayer -Day 7
Today’s Prayer Focus: Our Pastors, Church Staff, DreamTeam Leaders, and DreamTeam Members.
Our Pastors: Lead Pastor Ben Snyder, Executive Pastors, Campus Pastors, Student’s, and Children’s Pastors.
Our Church Staff: For all the staff members who serve at CedarCreek and for their families.
DreamTeam Leaders: For those who lead and care for Group members and DreamTeam members. We also pray for new leaders to take a step and lead this upcoming semester.
DreamTeam Members: Today, we pray for our amazing DreamTeam Members who serve our church by using their gifts and passion to make a difference in the lives of others.
This post was written by Payton Lechner. Payton is currently the apprentice copywriter at CedarCreek. In her spare time, she freelances as a writer and editor. Besides the English language, Payton loves swimming, cats, and a good cup of tea.
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