And I say this, brothers and sisters: The time is short. So then those who have wives should be as those who have none, those with tears like those not weeping, those who rejoice like those not rejoicing, those who buy like those without possessions, those who use the world as though they were not using it to the full. For the present shape of this world is passing away. 1 Cor. 7:29-31 NET

We invest heavily in this world. We place great important on things of this life. We think that they will make us happy, give us security, create lasting meaning.

But only eternity contains what will satisfy our real needs. The things of this world must be used with the knowledge that all will pass, nothing will remain, not the best friendships, not the most intimate marriages, nor the deepest joys.

In this way, by not giving to the things of this world an exaggerated value, the Christian is able to “enjoy life” as no one can. He knows how to take advantage of the present, by holding all things lightly, because he prepares for the Lord’s coming and for eternal life. This is what matters.

I chose these verses after teaching 1 Corinthians last November in a preaching / evangelism training school. These verses surprised me, as I worked through chapter 7, by their power and perspective.

What Bible verse have you chosen for 2011?

(This text was translated from the Portuguese and adapted slightly.)

What do you think?

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