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Purpose of Singleness

on April 18, 2011

An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.  1 COR 7

It’s those things that make ya go hmmm, once again.  I’m feeling convicted.  This chapter is all concerning marriage and Paul addresses the fact that it is better to marry than to burn with passion…But here’s the thing, I’m not married.  I’m not engaged.  I’m not dating.  I’m not even really looking.  So where do I stand?  Not where I should.  How is it that even without a husband my concern is still more for my husband…whom I don’t have…than for God, who I do have.  Are my body and spirit devoted to my Lord…no, if I’m honest with myself, no.  So I feel convicted and challenged now because if I can’t be devoted to God in my singleness, how much harder will it be to devote any part of me to God should I get married and have a family?  Something has to change and it has to change now.  Were humans made to desire relationship, of course.  God did say it was not good for man to be alone.  However the primary reason that we must always be first is that human beings were made to glorify and worship God.  In that context, getting married is not more significant than falling to knees each day and praying, Lord God, however you will have to use me today, be it so.

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