From Daniel's Desk on 2/12/20
My Title: Your Devotion is to the Lord
My Verse: 35
"35 I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord."
They really believed that Christ could come back at any moment. It's been enough time now that we have LOST this perspective. How could we not though? - This makes sense, Paul's life makes sense in the context that the Lord could return at any moment. We need to GET THAT PERSPECTIVE.
God has GREAT purpose in marriage. It's spoken of here like a crutch and as a weakness because marriage is an investment in THIS life. You can't serve God with your entire heart when you are married because half of your heart no longer belongs to you. You become concerned with pleasing your spouse. You can't act as if God is the only thing that matters because if you get put in prison, that effects more than just you. You can't just up and leave the country on a whim without your family suffering your absence. Too many men have sacrificed their families and marriages on the alter of wanting to accomplish something for the Lord... that's just selfishness.
When you get married, your first ministry is your marriage and then your kids. All of your other actions fo