Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. -1 Corinthians 7:17 ESV
God has assigned a life to you. You don’t get to pick it any more than you get to pick the color of your eyes or who your parents are.
God has assigned a spiritual life to you. You don’t get to pick it any more than you get to pick how God reveals Himself to you or what you learn on the journey.
Everyone is looking for meaning. A world full of people who want to be part of a club that is too exclusive for them. Once they get in, they change the rules so that it’s harder for the next.
Don’t let the self-important religious designers make you feel like God is only with you as long as you are with them. They craft a life they think best represents God, but their representation is catered to who they are. Then they push that on you and pressure you to measure up. They only do this so that they can feel okay with themselves. They let you in one way, then require you to be another way in order to remain.
Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. -1 Corinthians 7:18 ESV
You are where you’re supposed to be. You are who you were created to be. Everything happens for a reason and lessons are catered to who you are, not who you think you’re supposed to be. If you continually feel like you need to be somewhere else so that God can find you, then you’ll never know the peace of just being. He is. You are.
Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. -1 Corinthians 7:20 ESV
God is big enough to be wherever you are. He doesn’t weigh you down with a list of criteria, thereby putting the responsibility of being blameless on you. If you could get the hang of that, then you don’t need Jesus.
God doesn’t wait for you to come to Him. He doesn’t wait for you to get it right. He’s not a reward. Grace is not earned. You are accepted exactly where you are, so much to the point that He’s not asking you to change after you’ve found Him. He wants you. He takes pride in you. You’re not an accident or a project. You’re not a step-child, a foster child or an obligation. You are specifically crafted, intricately designed, and purposefully formed out of complete knowledge of anything and everything you were, are, and will be. Including whatever and wherever you happen to be in this exact moment.
If you’re a slave to something other than freedom, then position yourself for the out. There is an out. The out is grace and it’s enough. Stop fighting your perceived inadequacies while you try to prove yourself to the bystanders. You act as though they hold power over you.
You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God. -1 Corinthians 7:23 ESV