1 Cor. 7:29-31

What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; 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; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.

I’ve never read this short passage, or maybe my eyes skipped past it.  Maybe I didn’t want to read it.  But yesterday, for perhaps the first time, I read it.  My friend Miller used the passage to blog eloquently and prophetically about his reactions to the Invisible Children film, and I was convicted.

There’s a harried tone in Paul’s writing.  The status quo is gone.  The kingdom of Christ is breaking in.  Christ’s return is soon, relatively speaking.  This verse is a call away from becoming “engrossed” in this old world.  In, but not of.  This verse challenges the American “virtue” (or curse?) of ownership — if I worked for it, it’s mine.  In the “already but not yet” kingdom of Christ, this world is not our home and our home (and car, and books, and money, and clothes…) is not ours.

Is there a more pertinent message for North American Christians today?  Haven’t many of us truly been trying to serve “both God and mammon (stuff)”?  What would Christ tell some of us if we asked him what else we could do to “get in good” with him?  Would we like his response, or would we walk away dejected, like the young ruler, because we are very wealthy?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: