SUNDAY January 21, 2018
The Gift of Singleness
But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment. For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that. - 1 Corinthians 7:6-7
Paul spoke by permission to the Corinthians, he wished that everyone could be like himself––having the gift of singleness. It is a great gift! If you have the gift of singleness, then you can do whatever you want to do for the Lord. You do not have the responsibilities of a marriage and you can be used more effective as a single adult. I know single men who are missionaries and they serve the Lord powerfully. There is absolutely nothing to distract them as they serve the Lord in full capacity.
However, many single people want to be used by God but at the same time they cannot maintain themselves sexually. They begin to focus on looking for a wife or husband. If they strive to marry someone, they may end up marrying the person God did not intend. Then, he or she may become a great difficulty––I see it all the time. Honestly, biblically, a person should not be looking for a wife or a husband. Remember, Adam was not looking for a wife. It was the Lord who brought Eve to Adam.
Do not limit God in what He wants to do in your life. Wait for God’s perfect will in marriage. As you continue to pray for God’s will in your life, your desires will be aligned with His. Psalm 37:4 tells us: Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. It is important to wait on God to bring you your mate––the person you will spend the rest of your life with until you die.
Are you waiting on God for His best?
Single doesn’t mean you don’t know anything about love, it just means you know enough to wait for it.
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