I’ve been thinking the past few days about Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 7,
…the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away.
Have you looked around lately? The world is in bad shape, and it seems to be getting worse. These are times that require sober Christians living serious lives of dedication to the kingdom, pressing in to see the will of the Father done on earth as it is in heaven. That’s what is required of us.
But how do we live? If you are like me, you are living a life mired in meaningless pursuits, fiddling while Rome burns.
What might happen if believers actually took this passage from 1 Corinthians seriously? How would that look? Maybe we’d spend less time on the trivialities of life. Maybe we’d clutch our idols less tightly…entertainment, sports, materialism, etc.
To live a serious life is more than a theory, it’s got to hit me in real life. To live life seriously means I’m going to have to make some tough decisions, and it may be uncomfortable. It’s going to mean death…not something we like to talk about in “Christian” circles, but it’s something Jesus made very clear.
But it’s only death to a world that is dying anyway.