Our church is having a "challenge" right now encouraging people to be in God's Word daily. It is called "Bring it to life" (BITL). Each day there is a different chapter to read. Today's chapter is 1 Corinthians 7. Wow, this is a challenging passage that makes lots of people uncomfortable I'm sure. It talks about marriage, divorce, sex, and relationships. Yep, that is all talked about in the Bible!
What struck me about this passage when I read it just now was that it really is all about priorities. Well, PRIORITY would be more accurate. We are called to have one main priority in life, and that is God. I think one intent of this passage is to point out that we should limit or minimize those things in life that will take our focus off that one main priority.
Even good things can shift that priority. Marriage is a good thing, but it takes a big commitment and can be difficult at times. Anything that takes this much work must not be entered lightly. This passage actually says if you can avoid temptation it is better to not be married.
In my own life, marriage has been both a blessing and a trial at times. Has it taken my focus off what should be my top priority? Absolutely. I have recently asked God to help me realign my priorities. I know this will ultimately help all my other priorities be more effortless.
Whew! Lots to think about! Where is your main priority?