Monthly Archives: August 2013

Pleasing the Lord vs. Pleasing the World

Reader survey on 1 Cor. 7:32-34

But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

Does your heart yearn to live solely, wholeheartedly, and purely for the Lord? Would it thrill you to the depths of your being to dedicate your entire life to the pursuit of whatever He wants you to do?

Yes or no?

This is not about spouting a “right” answer, it is about evaluating what is your honest, deep-down, gut instinct. How you answer this question will give you an indicator of where your heart is, like a barometer—it doesn’t make you better or worse to answer one way or the other, it just shows you where you are. And knowing where you are will give you some insight into what you have to do to get where you want to be.

If you can’t give a wholehearted “yes” but can’t bear to say “no,” what are some factors that make this more complex for you than a bare “yes-no” question?