1 Corinthians 7: Time Is Ticking

Though much of 1 Corinthians 7 focuses on marriage issues, it includes a brief section that highlights the attitude Christians should have regarding our view of time:

29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.

Notice Paul’s concern. First, time is limited. Second, time is short. Third, the result should be to live with the mindset of a traveler, a pilgrim, a sojourner, or a refugee. If this life is but a moment, our concern is to be on the things that matter beyond this life–God and people–without an unhealthy fixation on those items or pursuits this world deems important.

Remember today that what matters most is what lasts longest. Invest in your time with God, doing his work, and investing in the lives of people.


Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

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