Wednesday, 8/16/2017

 

Howdy, Christian,

 

Last Wednesday the electrician came a day late because of having to spend more time on another project and job. I fully understand…that never happens to me. JJ  Aaron, the electrician came and began working on the electrical plug-ins, lights, and microwave that needed to be installed. He worked until about 10 a.m. when he had to go to another job to meet the electrical inspector for the City of West Allis. He was gone longer than expected and did not get back until sometime in the afternoon. He apologized and continued to work until about 3:30 and said he would be back tomorrow to finish the projects. He came the next day and went straight to work on matters. I had my chiropractic appointment at 11:20 a.m. and stopped off at the Wisconsin Athletic Club to set up a couple appointments for personal training for this week. When I got back home, Aaron was doing well on the projects. As I ate my lunch we began to talk. I asked him about his spiritual life. He shared about his relationship with Jesus Christ and then began to share about how he, his wife and family had moved to a neighborhood and bought a “city house”. They had to fix up the house fulfilling specific issues before it became “their house.” They had moved purposely into a Muslim area of Milwaukee. They moved there to attend a nearby church and to evangelize the lost people without Christ. “Wow!” I thought, “That is great!” As we talked, he shared his vision to reach out to the Muslim’s in his neighborhood and what he will be doing on a special holy day for the Islamic people. It was a special time to hear about a mission journey for this family in our own back yard. May God give us a vision for the lost in our neighborhood. May we reach out and strive by God’s help to touch one or more families for Christ. Are you with me in that endeavor? Pray about this and do what you can in your neighborhood!!! Let us see what God will do for His glory!!!

 

1 Corinthians 7:32-3432 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband.

 

Subject:  Divided Priorities

 

Paul has a real desire and wish for the believers in Corinth to be free (without worry) about the concerns of this world. There is enough to be anxious about as we live out our lives, right? Life has its challenges, problems, and obstacles which lead us to worry and become anxious about such matters in our daily routines.

 

But, Paul is speaking about married life and the distress that may come out of that relationship and the family issues. The believing man or woman that is unmarried is focused upon how to please the Lord. The believing person who is married must focus on how to please his or her spouse plus pleasing the Lord at the same time.

 

What is the godly balance in a marriage regarding pleasing the Lord and pleasing the spouse at the same time? It is easy to become unbalanced and spend more time with one or the other. It is not God’s will that pleasing the Lord by becoming involved in “God’s Work” and making your spouse feeling left out or unloved. Being a husband or a wife is God’s work as well. Being a parent is God’s work and being an employee is also considered to be God’s work. One must choose between the good, the better and the best in each day that is lived.

 

It is better to have a plan for the week to see what your investment of time with each of the areas of necessity and desires of involvement will be. Some people like to “shoot from the hip” and by that I mean they just go with the flow and whatever turns up they will do. Other people are hyper about scheduling. If it is not in the schedule, it does not get done. You may be on one end of the spectrum or the other…some do have a more balanced approach in their marriage and lifestyle.

 

How to be holy or godly in body and spirit in the things of the Lord (v.34) and is important for the unmarried. They do not have to consider another person to divide their time. But, the married person must also place the things of the Lord into their lives and yet put a high priority on the spouse. As you walk in each day, pray for wisdom, for balance, and to please those people who are important in your life. One day we shall all stand before the Lord to make an account of our time and what we did with it. So make each minute count and make some time for yourself as well.

 

Looking for balance,

 

Pastor Les