Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s command is what counts. Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him. Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you – although if you can gain your freedom, do so. For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord’s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was men. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to. (1 Corinthians 7:17-24)
Take a closer look; a common message appears throughout the passage.
- 17“Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him.”
- 20“Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.”
- 24“Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.”
At this point of time in Corinth, new Christians were feeling pressure to leave their social and cultural identity and conform to what they thought a Christian should be. They believed their new found hope and faith in Jesus was not enough. In essence, they needed to become someone they were not.
These passages are just as relevant today. God can use you are where you are right now and as you are. Not only can God use you, but he WANTS to use you. When we become Christians, God does not want us to fill the “one size fits all” Christian mold. God wants to do His redeeming work in us and through us in the unique situations in which we are called.
Pray daily that God will use in the situations he has placed you in and that Jesus will always be enough.