the time is short

Paul tells us in the passage in 1 Corinthians 7 on marriage and singleness that “the time is short.” From now on he says, people should live with that in mind. There should be a certain sense of urgency, and lightness in what we carry and how we live due to God’s call to mission.

I think a careful consideration of that passage though, along with the rest of scripture will help us see that we must not neglect our spouses or each other. That relationships are important, in fact priority for us. At the same time we have to keep Jesus’ words in mind that we can’t let any other relationship have priority over our relationship with him. That we can’t allow anything at all to hinder us from following him.

The time is short. The older I get, the more I realize this, the more easily it is to realize it. And yet what we can do needs to be done on God’s time. We can’t hastily make things happen. This means we need to get on God’s time. Within God’s good workings. And learn to walk faithfully in that. By the
Spirit. Together in and through Jesus for the world.