Off To Where

Psalm 46; Genesis 12:1–9; 1 Corinthians 7:17–24

A number of years ago, Randy Craker (our District Superintendent), d a message with the college-aged students of our ministry. He talked about how their time, whether being in college or not, was their time before going out of the “land” they knew.

One of the hardest things about leading college ministry wasn’t the students. They were a joy. The frustration was with people who didn’t understand why we (whether us as leaders or the in general) would invest time and effort in people who weren’t going to stay. It was hard to understand that the entire point of the ministry was to launch the students and to “take” with them wherever would take them.

DS Craker understood that these young people were al ed out of the places they ed home and would be headed into the world. Air Force Officer, teacher, nurse, pastor, mom, dad are some of the titles/responsibilities of these students. Who were we to question where was sending them?

One of the misleading aspects of this is that the “ing out” is done at that point. Many people act as if the will only come when we’re young. Abram wasn’t a young man. The disrupted his life.

There is no “magic” age or place when s you. If we learn anything from the Old Testament, will a person regardless of age.

Often, we want to us out of the place we are in. At other times, we want to keep us where we are at. Often, though, s us exactly where we are.

Imagine how those who d ’s letter read out loud (that’s how these letters were originally d) felt. “If you’re a slave, while you’re free in Christ, you’re still a slave. Be happy.” If you were a slave, celebrating your freedom in Christ, and then this.

The Greeks likely still felt a bit “second” to the Jews. They were probably relieved (especially the men) that circumcision was discouraged.

’s comment to the Jews was interesting. Apparently, there were Jews that were now trying to be Greek (or Gentile). How that was happening is unclear. There is some mocking as it was, at that time, impossible to become uncircumcised (theoretiy, it is possible with today’s medical technology).

’s words are somewhat prescriptive. We should not expect that choog to follow Jesus will change our circumstances, nor might it change the where and when of our lives. The biggest change, of course, is the perspective we take with us.


  • Why do you think that some people are ed out of their circumstances/places, while others are ed to remain?
  • Why is it important to understand that both s are equally valid?
  • Looking at ’s letter, what is common among believers? Why is that important?


Lord, may we follow your ing on our lives. Grant us the discernment whether we are ed to stay or ed to move. Regardless, us the to know that we rest in your will. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.