1 Corinthians 7:29-31
1Co 7:29 But I am saying this, brothers: the time which is appointed to us has been shortened, so that the ones married to wives are as though they are unmarried,
1Co 7:30 and the ones weeping, as though they did not weep; and the ones rejoicing, as though they did not rejoice; and the ones buying, as though they did not possess;
1Co 7:31 and the ones making use of the world, as though they did not make full use of it; because the shape of this world is dissolving.
a dissolving world
Paul’s analogy describing the time in which he lived is appropriate for the modern context as well. So much change – a world in flux, a world that is dissolving around us. How do you live in such a world? Keep your extraneous commitments few, so you can concentrate on your essential commitments. That is why Paul advised the young Corinthian Christians to reconsider their marriage plans. What commitments are you considering which might complicate your life? Is it kingdom essential?
LORD, give us wisdom to make only the essential commitments.