We are called to begin living as Christians wherever we are when God calls us. Paul emphasizes to the Church in Corinth that the starting point of their walk with Jesus begins in whatever life situation they are in when they first believe. For example, Paul says that whoever has been circumcised should not try to undo his circumcision. Likewise, if anyone has past sin that they have committed, they should not try to go back and undo it. Instead, they are called to begin walking in faith in whatever life situation they are currently in. Another important point Paul makes is that once we believe in Jesus, we must immediately begin following Him. Believing in Jesus and following Him in our lives are two different things. When it comes to living in faith, we must not wait for tomorrow. Paul says that keeping God’s commandments is what is important.
As Christians, we are called to live under Christ’s authority. When Paul addresses slaves at the time, he says that they should definitely take any opportunity to become free if they are given it. Living in slavery is not what God desires for His people. But more importantly, Paul says that status does not affect one’s ability to live for Christ. In any life situation, we are called to live first and foremost as people who are servants of Jesus. For while each believer once lived under the authority of sin, with Jesus they are made free to surrender their lives to Him instead. Jesus bought us at the price of His own life so that we could freely live for Him.