THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LIVING IN THE END TIMES
Today’s reading: 1 Corinthians 7:25-31
“For the world in its present form is passing away.”
(v.31b). We are living in the end times, and “I tell
you, brothers, the time is running out.” (v.29a). But
Christians are still investing themselves in the world. They
are getting married, raising families, acquiring goods, going
up the corporate ladder, expanding their experience of what
the world has to offer. These are not necessarily bad, but
investing in them to the exclusion of spiritual matters deprive
us of the greater investment we can make - that of meriting
and serving the Kingdom.
should be the proper balance. We have spouses but do not expend
our total focus exclusively on them. “From now on, let
those having wives act as not having them” (v.29b).
This would be applicable also to children and grandchildren.
still acquire goods (which are needed for ongoing life) but
are not invested in them. Thus, “those buying as not
owning” (v.30c). We are mere stewards, making use of
God’s blessings, but ready to let go.
go with the ups and downs of life, not allowing these to disturb
or distort our focus on God and His work. Thus, “those
weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing”
(v.30a-b). We are not held down by sorrows or defeats, but
we also do not just rest on joys and victories.
we are in the world but not of it. We use the world and whatever
good it offers, which comes from God, but we are not invested
in or dependent on the world. Thus, “those using the
world as not using it fully” (v.31a). Our whole lives,
while in the world, revolves around God and His work (which
includes family and livelihood and recreation), and our true
focus is on the world that is to come.
what is important aside from everything else we do? It is
responding fully to the call to the New Evangelization. Do
it now. The time is short.