Jesus ... Single Like Me: He Was Grateful
- Thursday, November 18, 2010
Jesus lived his life as a single adult till his death. Because he lived his life as a single adult, he understands every aspect of what you and I are experiencing today. This series examines the "singleness" of Christ in relation to our singleness with the hope you will be encouraged to walk this journey you have been given. A journey that not only leads to the cross for our salvation but to his resurrection for our future.
You've got to be kidding. You want me to be grateful that I am single? Grateful I am alone? Grateful that I don't have that special person in my life? Grateful that I don't have someone to fall asleep with or wake up next to? Grateful that I have all the financial burdens, all the responsibilities? You must be crazy. How could I ever be grateful? What is there to be grateful for?
Every day I wake up alone. I get up, yawning, wanting to hit the snooze alarm one more time. And believe me, that is no easy endeavor. It's on my cell phone. I actually have to hit four buttons to get the phone to snooze. You would think I would just get up by then. It's fall now and the mornings are much cooler. I quickly start my morning routine making sure the coffee is made. I open a couple of windows, grab my coffee, sit down in my over-stuffed chunky chair, legs up, Bible open, silence ... wow, silence.
I spend as much time as I need with Jesus. Sometimes I have many things to do and have to cut things short and other times I can spend the entire day with the Lord. It's up to me. Then I'm off to do whatever needs to be done. I am thankful for these mornings, for this special time with God. I am thankful because I know a lot of my married friends have to fight for this time with God. Their mornings are rushed with getting kids and spouses ready for work and school, the dog fed, breakfast and lunch made. Their mornings are whirlwinds. The only way they can find time with God is to get up even earlier—but this means going to bed earlier. That is great if your kids go to bed at 7 p.m. or you managed to get all the laundry done, house cleaned, dinner made and let's not forget having time for your spouse.
Now I can hear some of you saying right now, "Kris, I would rather be married with kids and have to fight to have time with God than be alone." I hear you, and I totally understand. God understands, too. If fact, he gives us some well known scripture that most singles know about. In 1 Corinthians, Paul is speaking on marriage and being single. He was saying how he wishes we could all be like him, single, but that he knew some would marry. He went on to say:
I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 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. 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 Corinthians 7:32-35).
Okay, I hear you, Paul. I hear you, Jesus. I can have more time to devote to God? I am less distracted? Well, Paul not only believed it but lived it. Paul lived it because he saw what Jesus did. He saw not only his Savior but a single man, devoted to serving and worshiping God. A man who could put all his time and energy without the distractions of being married. He could see the thankfulness of being single. And this thankfulness changed Paul's attitude and mine. Jesus taught us to be thankful in all situations as it is where God has us until he moves us somewhere else—that all of our situations are for God's glory, not ours.
As a single adult myself, I have days of wanting my life to be different. I get easily distracted with what things could be versus where things are. I get so focused on the future that I forget what God has given me now. As a single adult, Jesus lived so much of the lives that we live today. So how was he grateful for where God had him, in his singleness? And, am I grateful as well?
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