However, the two concepts can also be viewed as separate concepts.
At this point, he says simply that Christians are not called to withdraw from the world because of fears about ethics. By mentioning the greedy, robbers, and idolaters, he explicitly indicates he is including the work world in his instructions.
Needless to say, this is a difficult proposition, although he defers getting into specifics until chapter The point he makes here is simply that Christians are forbidden from trying to create some kind of Christian-only economy and leaving the world to fend for itself.
Instead, we are called to take our place in the work of the world alongside the people of the world. Other things being equal, believers should remain in the life situation in which they found themselves when they were converted 1 Corinthians 7: The specific question that Paul is dealing with does not directly impinge upon most people in the Western world, though it is critical in many parts of the globe today.
What should believers who are slaves do if they have the chance to gain freedom? Certainly, it was equally heinous in many cases, but some slaves, particularly the household slaves Paul probably has in mind here, were better off, at least economically, than many free people.
Many educated people, including doctors and accountants, actually chose slavery for precisely that reason. Thus, for Paul, it was a genuinely open question whether slavery or freedom would be the better lot in any given situation.
Modern forms of slavery, on the other hand, always severely diminish the lives of those enslaved. Paul's question then is not whether slavery should be abolished, but whether slaves should seek to become free. Do not be concerned about it. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever.
Thus, if there are no compelling reasons to change your status, it is probably best to remain in the situation in which you were called. While we may feel that getting the right job is the most important factor in serving God or experiencing the life he intends for us, God is much more concerned that we make the most of every job we have over the course of our lives.
In a given instance, there may be good reasons to change jobs or even professions. Fine, go ahead and do so. There is no hierarchy of more godly and less godly professions. Certainly this cautions us against believing that God calls the most serious Christians into church jobs.
I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on. For the present form of this world is passing away. Paul had previously dealt with this situation in the church in Thessalonica and given unambiguous instructions. Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.
For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
Paul uses a verb here that describes how an object is pushed together synestalmenosso that it becomes shorter or smaller as a whole.
The values and aspirations that are simply taken for granted in the present way of doing things are no longer operative for believers. The old attitudes toward everyday life and its affairs must be replaced. We should buy, yet be as though we have no possessions. We should deal with the world as though not dealing with the world as we know it.
The things we buy, we should employ for the good of others instead of holding tightly to them. When we bargain in the market, we should seek the good of the person from whom we buy, not just our own interests.
We compartmentalize worship of our gods first, then attention to our marriage second, then work third, and then civic engagement fourth, if we have any time and energy left. We seek to release the things in our possession for use where they will make the world more as God desires it.
We integrate our lives of worship, family, work, and society and seek to invest in—rather than shuffle around—physical, intellectual, cultural, moral, and spiritual capital. Baker, Eerdmans, Back to Table of Contents Back to Table of Contents In chapter 9, Paul explains why he initially chose not to accept direct financial support from the Corinthian church even though he had a right to it.
He begins by asserting the right of workers, including apostles, to receive wages for their work. We serve the Lord in our work, and the Lord intends that we draw sustenance from it in return.
Paul gives three examples from daily life that illustrate this point. Soldiers, vintners, and shepherds all derive economic benefit for their labors. If even animals deserve a share of the fruits of their labor, then surely any person who participates in bringing about some benefit should share in that benefit.We examined the relationship between health status and satisfaction with physical education (PE) lessons.
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