THURSDAY February 1, 2018
Remain in the Same Calling
Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. 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.
1 Corinthians 7:20-22
Paul instructed the believers in Corinth that if they became a Christian when single or married; then they should remain in that called state.
At this time there were slaves in Corinth that had become saved. Paul spoke to these Christian slaves as if to say, “If you have to be a slave for the rest of your life, then serve your master the best you can. Maybe through their good example, they would bring their master to the Lord.”
Besides even those who were not slaves are called to follow Christ––as His slave. In Ephesians 6:5-9 Paul again addressed the same subject:
Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
Today, Paul’s counsel can be used between an employer and his employee. We should set a good example at work. Employees should not arrive late to work but be on time. They should never take advantage of their employers by taking extra breaks and standing around idle. Instead they should work hard and be men and women of integrity.
Integrity is the glue that holds our way of life together.