May 25, 2012

Singleness and the Glory of God

May 25, 2012
In our family series on Sunday mornings, we have been examining the Biblical foundation and theological significance of marriage. In dealing with marriage, we have also addressed singleness. While singleness is an honorable thing and frees one up for serving Christ, it is sadly often either resented or wasted. On April 22nd this challenge was given by Pastor Mike as part of a larger section dealing with singleness and marriage.
My counsel to those of you who are single is to invest your time and your resources to serve Christ. Listen. If you are single, you ought to be the ones in the church who are burning it at both ends. You ought to be the ones who are giving your time and your energy and your effort to serve Christ, because that is why right now you are single. It is a time for you to grow and mature and develop. It is a time for you to pour yourself into the ministry and the service of Christ. You single men who waste your evenings playing video games, and you single women who hole up in your house or apartment reading, are missing out on a huge opportunity. You are not single so that you can prolong your adolescence and postpone becoming a man or a woman. You are single so that you can serve Christ. You are single so that you can devote yourself to please and honor and glorify Him. So rather than caring for the things of the Lord, how the Lord can be pleased, often today what we see is singleness is an excuse to care for the things of self—how people can please themselves.
This mentality is not only found among those who are single. It is manifested in different ways by people in every demographic. As those who have been bought with the precious blood of Christ we must remember Paul's admonition in Romans 12:1 to present our bodies, our lives, as living sacrifices to God. We must embrace the mindset that says "I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls" (2 Corinthians 12:15), seeking the joy of others and the glory of God. He died not so that we would live life for ourselves, but so that we would live for him (2 Corinthians 5:15). Whether you are single or married, man or woman, young or old, we all are called to take up our cross and follow him.

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