We are continuing this week with posting our Members' favorite bible verses as well as a random fact about them. Our hope is that this will not only help us read & learn scripture together, but allow us to connect with each other. If you would like to participate, please email Stephen Terry firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Ben Sheppard
Random fact: Won a state-wide football manager scholarship competition in high school; all I did was blow the air horn between practice periods.
Verse: "The appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away" (1 Corinthians 7:29-31, ESV).
My thoughts: I'm not really sure what this verse means. I know it doesn't mean to stop doing "earthly" things or to stop caring about them, because Paul doesn't say to do either. As far as I can tell, it means to keep doing all the "present-earthly" things, but doing them in a different way. I don't really know what that other way is. But turning this passage over in my mind helps me to consider and reconsider how I would think, speak and act in the future form of this world.