10 Sep Time is Short (1 Cor 7:29-31) by Lisa Skowron
“What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.” ~ 1 Cor 7:29-31 (full readings)
Lisa’s Reflections: In just a few days my oldest child will be leaving for college. I’m astonished, if not dazed, at where the past 18 years have gone. How can time pass so quickly? In today’s reading Paul warns us that time is short. He urges the Corinthians to live their lives in light of this fact, being diligent and decisive about keeping centered on the Gospel and advancing the Kingdom of God, rather than focusing their attention on present circumstances. Paul says that even our marriages, times of grieving, pursuing the pleasures of life, rejoicing when we are happy, and being successful in the world, though they are all good things when put in the right perspective, are less significant relative to the priority of God’s Kingdom and His purposes. They are temporal and we are better off focusing on the eternal. If not careful, we can let these things become distractions from the work God is calling us to do. Where is your focus right now? Are you being diligent and pro-active in promoting the pro-life cause, or are you sitting complacent and disengaged while watching those around you being led by the Spirit to do amazing things for the movement? Maybe it is time to call that local Pregnancy Care Center and volunteer a few hours of your time, to join those praying on the sidewalk for the vulnerable women going into the abortion clinics, or to reach out to hurting women and men by leading a post-abortion Bible study at your church. Time is short. “The world in its present form is passing away.” The Kingdom is drawing near. Christ is coming soon. Let’s get out there and make a difference while we can.
* Lisa Skowron lives in San Antonio, TX with her husband Dave and four children, minus one heading off to Texas A&M! Lisa was a co-founder of the San Antonio chapter of Life Runners and speaks out about the pain of her abortion, her healing journey, and forgiveness through Christ.
Faith Challenge: Pray today for God to reveal anything in your life that might be taking your focus and attention away from doing what God wants you to do for His Kingdom. Make a decision to act now and be diligent in what He calls you to do. Don’t waste precious time.
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