1 Corinthians 7:21-24 | September 4

1 Corinthians 7:21–24

21 Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it.

22 For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave.

23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.

24 Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.

Paul turns to other relationships, in this case, one’s vocation.  Did you believe while in a certain vocation such as a slave? We use the word vocation synonymously with the word calling. “What is your calling?”  That is the sense it is used here.  He is not talking about a calling from God. Who calls a person? For a pastor, it would be the church who calls him.

So, if you become a believer while you are a servant, or whatever your vocation might be, keep the job, but remember you cannot be owned by men or become slaves of men. You are Christ’s servant.  He bought you at a price. You are owned by Christ. Remember who your ultimate boss is.

No matter what vocation (or relationship) you are in, you can remain with God.

 

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