Going All the Way
But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away. But I want you to be without care... - I Corinthians 7:29-32
What do you care about most in all the world? Think about it. Do you have your answer? Now hold on to it while we look deeper at this question.
If you say that you care about something, you are saying that that something has a hold on you.
Consider these other phrases: Without a care in the world, by which we mean that a person feels no burden or stress; they are carefree. If you take care of something, then you make pains to preserve and maintain it. To be careful means to watch closely so as to not cause harm to the thing for which you are full of care.
In other words, if you care about something, then you will sacrifice for it. You will push through pain, stress, and worry to keep it in your life. You will relegate other things in your life to the backseat so that the object of your care can take first priority.
Paul says he wants us to be without care, even to such a degree that he says, Those who have wives should be as though they had none.
What does Paul mean by saying this? He means that nothing should take the place of Christ in our lives, not even our spouses. He means that our first and only care should be to please the Lord.
So let me ask you again, what do you care about most in all the world? I hope the genuine answer from your heart is Jesus. Our spouses and families are important, but we should care only about pleasing Jesus Christ.
Prayer Lord Jesus,
Thank You that You care for me. I ask You to forgive me for the times when I have cared more about other things than about pleasing You. Change my heart, Lord, and help me to please you in everything I do.