Read: 1 Corinthians 7:1–16

For the unbelieving husband is made holy through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy through her husband. 1 Corinthians 7:14

The Bible contains a theme that suggests that the faithfulness of the few winds up sanctifying the many. God told Abraham that through him—because of his faithfulness—all the nations of the world would be blessed. The Hebrews—a remnant people to be sure—were supposed to pray for and serve as a blessing to communities of which they were a part. In Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth, he asserts that a believing spouse may make their entire family holy. A faithful remnant of people can serve as an avenue through which people who do not recognize or observe God’s commands are saved. If you are a person of faith—even if your faith is less than sure—your efforts please God enough to cover not only your own sins but also the errors of others.

What does it mean to be a faithful remnant?

Lord, in a culture that appears to have little interest in You, I understand what it means to be a “remnant.” While I am reluctant to call myself “faithful,” I am intrigued by the possibility that living my faith might turn out to be a saving grace for others. When I read the bible I am drawn to consider the possibility that a small group of people devoted to You can help to redeem the world. What a great honor and even greater responsibility! Help me to live as a faithful remnant in a hostile world. In Jesusname, I pray. AMEN.