29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 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, 31 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.
The time of Christ’s return is coming soon this is what Paul means when he says the “appointed time has grown very short.” Now how can that be when it’s been nearly 2000 years since Paul wrote those words? My friend, remember the words of Peter who told us that a thousand years is like a day to the Lord. When you have eternity before you one thousand, ten thousand, one hundred thousand years is as nothing. So the time of Christ’s return is soon, and we know that we are 2000 years closer to that return. Because the time is short and his return is eminent Paul encourages us to be mindful of the fact that this present world is passing away. We should know that the distractions of this world will pass away, and that’s not to say that those distractions are evil or sinful, but they do cause our attention to be divided. So marriage, which will pass away in eternity, is a distraction because we need to be mindful of our husband or wife and what about the children and these honorable responsibilities divide our attention. Mourning and rejoicing distract us from God. Doing business in this life, buying and selling, is a distraction in this life. Again, that is not to say that these things are evil or sinful, but they will all pass away and as the coming of Christ nears we need to be mindful of the fact that there are more important priorities to consider that put our attention on the life to come and not on the transient things of this world. Our call as Christians is to always think and act in light of eternity, not to live for things that are temporal. Those things that are eternal will last forever, those things that are temporal will soon pass away.