What is the most valuable thing in your life? What is the greatest blessing in your life? Is it your marriage, your family, your kids, your friendships, your job, or your home? This Sunday, as we opened 1 Corinthians 7, we saw that: God’s glory should be preeminent over our relationships and circumstances. Every relationship or circumstance that we have must ultimately be inferior to our love for God and our desire to glorify Him.
- Glorifying God in Marriage v.1-16
In this section, we see Paul addressing some of the misconceptions the Corinthians had regarding marriage that they had written him about. Namely, they had asked it if were better for them to remain celibate. Paul encourages them; that if they have a desire to marry, then they should. He roots this in abstaining from any kind of sexual sin. Within this section, we are encouraged within marriage to pursue active, selfless sex lives and to fight to uphold the marriage covenant by avoiding divorce.
- Glorifying God in Present Circumstances v. 17-24
In the next portion, we really see the emphasis of this chapter and the overarching principle that we ought to glorify God wherever we find ourselves in this life. Whether Jew or Gentile, Slave or Free, Married or Single, if we have been bought with a price and belong to Christ. It is in that belonging or out of that identity, which we must seek to live out the rest of our lives.
- Glorifying God in Singleness v. 25-40
Finally, in the last section Paul makes a case to singles on how they ought to glorify God in their singleness. He lays no burden on them that they must remain single, but rather encourages them to leverage their singleness for God’s glory. In singleness, a believer has a unique gift of being able to devote more of their time and energy towards mission and service to Christ. If they are seeking to glorify God in their singleness, they will leverage it to have a sole devotion to Christ.
As we seek to follow Jesus, we must strive to glorify God in whatever circumstance or life stage we find ourselves in. If we are married, we must strive to glorify God in our marriages. If we are rich or poor, Jew or Gentile, we should seek to glorify God in that condition. If we are single, we should leverage our singleness to bring God glory. The glory of God must be supreme over it all.