spray painting the temple

March 2016 (28)

1 Cor. 7:18-20

18 Was someone called after having been circumcised? He should not try to undo his circumcision. Was someone called who is uncircumcised? He should not get circumcised.  19 Neither being circumcised nor having a foreskin is what really matters, but what matters is keeping God’s commands.  20 Each person has been called in a certain state; in that state each should remain.

spray painting the temple

The practical and spiritual advice Paul gave the Corinthians was designed to keep them from a world of worry and hurt.  Simply put, God is not interested in them making external changes in order to get better or more spiritual.  I have seen entire congregations destroyed and families in upheaval because people are convinced that in order to be more spiritual, they have to be more Jewish.  It is just not so.  Paul speaks to this Gentile church and tells them that getting circumcised is not going to change them. They are already God’s temple. They do not have to spray paint it.

Instead of trying to please God by external changes, concentrate on letting him take you, the way you are, and use you to bring others into his kingdom. External changes will not do that, but the Holy Spirit will.

LORD, here we are. Use us just the way we are, for your glory and to bring others into your future kingdom.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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