3.24.17 – 1 Cor 7:17

I recently had a conversation with someone at our church. We were discussing some of our community outreach endeavors and that at a couple of them a message was given to the group in attendance. I have been privileged to deliver this message quite a few times. It’s nothing lengthy or complicated, just a short biblical message. I was surprised when he asked me, (paraphrasing) if my desire was to be a pastor.
In 1 Corinthians 7 Paul speaks on the topic of marriage and service to the church. This chapter is somewhat controversial in that he surmised that we can better serve God without the distractions and responsibilities of marriage. However, he goes on to say that whatever our circumstance in that regard, we are exactly where God wants us. This is true for everyone, in all circumstance. Meaning we can be of service to God by accepting that wherever we are in life, it’s right where he needs us at that time. Even in our darkest moments God can and will use us.
In regard to the question that was asked of me, to be honest I have thought about that a time or two. However, God has shown me that I can proclaim the freedom we find in Jesus wherever I am, regardless of a title. Right now, I understand and am thankful that I am exactly where he needs me and regardless of your circumstance, so are you, Trust in Jesus!
1 Corinthians 7:17 – Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches