“Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you. Are you a slave? Don’t let that worry you—but if you get a chance to be free, take it. And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ. God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. Each of you, dear brothers and sisters, should remain as you were when God first called you.” 1 Corinthians 7:20-24
Paul is continuing to tell the people at Corinth that they are to stay where they are when they are saved. We should also listen to what Paul is telling us. When we are saved there is something about the change that comes over us. Our life changes and we feel the freedom and peace that comes from Jesus living in our hearts. It can be hard to explain unless you have invited Jesus to take control of your life. You want to tell everyone how wonderful it is to have this new life. There is a story that Gipsy Smith tells, he was a British evangelist who conducted evangelistic campaigns in the United States and Great Britain for over 70 years. A woman came to him and told him that God was leading her to into the ministry. He asked her a question, “are you married? She said that she was. “How many children do you have?” She answered that she had five. He said, “That’s wonderful. God has called you into the ministry and He has already given you your congregation.” We are a witness to everyone around us that we come in contact with as being part of the world. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) Don’t be a slave to the world. We are only a slave to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.