29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
Summary – In this passage, Paul is offering the Corinthian church some advice based on their current situation, as well as reminding them of their ultimate destination. To understand this passage correctly, we should understand that Paul is referring to a troubling situation that was happening to the Corinthian church at that time. Most likely it was a famine that was happening in Greek world the time Paul wrote this letter. Because of the present struggle the church was facing, Paul here urges caution in making drastic changes in their lives. If someone is having a hard time providing for themselves, it might be wise to postpone getting married. Maybe they shouldn’t spend their much needed resources with parties or buying things. But Paul reminds the church that even though things may look bad, our ultimate destination is with God, in the new creation were things that trouble us in this world will no longer matter.
Insight – Imagine living in a situation like the Great Depression. You were not sure where your next meal would come, when you or your parents would find work. How would you feel? How would you and your family react? Imagine if you wanted to get married but weren’t sure if you could afford it. But if something like this were to happen, we as Christians should not be troubled. We know that this life, this world is not the end. In Christ we will receive new lives, new bodies, a new world. Ultimately it does not matter if you were able to marry, or live lives according to how people think that you should. What will ultimately matter is no matter what hardships, or trials you may face in this life, that you remain faithful to your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Catechism – What is the one thing in this world we can always count on? The Love of Jesus Christ, my Savior.
Discussion – If you were in a situation like the Corinthians, or the Great Depression, would you be able to keep looking to Christ?
Prayer – Merciful Father, We thank you for all the good gifts that you give to us, and we are most grateful for the gift of your Son. We ask that you would keep us, and that we would remain faithful to you, through whatever trials or hardships this world may give to us. Amen
Contributed by Jared McNabb