March 30, 2018
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.
This chapter is specifically written to clarify questions about marriage, but it is also a general observation of how to live. One thing that struck me this morning was that I respond to God according to His leading. That does not mean I engage in telling others what they should do. And you, also, must lead the life God has assigned you and not judge me for the life God has assigned me. I think there is a variation that we must pay attention to, though.
Galatians 6:2… Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.
We live our own lives with God; we are not regulated by other people’s opinions. But, we do carry the burdens of others. The Bible does not contradict itself. It often does, however, give both sides of the same coin. We are, each one of us, servants of Christ… not of each other. When you serve someone else, you are serving Christ, ultimately. He is Lord of all. And when someone serves you, that person is serving Christ; don’t let your head get big with importance. It is not you who gathers servant because of your greatness. God has servants.
Now, back to 1 Corinthians 7:17… “Lead the life God has given you.” Don’t try to live someone else’s life. Don’t be phony. That does not mean we don’t learn from others. When I rode dirt bikes, I watched carefully how certain riders made it through corners. I had trouble with corners. My strength was my ability to ride quickly in rough sections. But, most passing happened in corners. I watched others and learned how I could increase my speed through corners. We don’t live in a vacuum but we don’t ignore other people either.
I am a singer. God blessed me with a voice for singing. He might have blessed you with something else. Serve faithfully in the assignment He has given you. If you can’t figure it out, ask someone close to you. Don’t live vicariously through someone else. God has given you a life to live. Live it. When we all engage in the life God has given us, the whole body of Christ is built up and strengthened. Every joint supplies. But, it does not supply only for itself; it supplies for the whole body. Live as independent yet interconnected.