PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Focus & BalanceJohn Tilton
1 Corinthians 7:32-35 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife—and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
Paul shares specifically about focus and balance, where those that are not yet married can be free in terms of time and availability in order to better serve the Lord without the usual responsibilities of being married. It is true that being married requires a commitment to the marriage which realistically requires time and effort. Thus, Paul is stating that it is often easier to serve God if we have more time and availability like those who are single to focus on serving Him. Paul is speaking of the ability to give one's total attention to those matters of the Lord.
So what does this mean for those of us who are married? What I am getting is that there will be those that are called and have the ability to devote more time and effort to matters of the Lord. Yet, it does not disqualify those who are married to be called and serve the Lord with all their hearts. It means that we who are married need to still focus but have balance. I can't help but take note of how in these chapters, Paul shares about the responsibilities and commitment of the covenant of marriage. It is very clear to me of the importance of having balance in my life as I serve the Lord but keep a clear devotion to what I am called to do.
Dear Lord, please continue to give me guidance and direction in balancing my responsibilities as a husband and father with my call to serve you.