Wait…don’t waste your singleness!

Wait…don’t waste your singleness!

Not sure how it is in other parts of the country, but at least in the part of the south where I live there is an unspoken expectation that you should get married. You could almost put it into a check list;
Wil Stewart - stock snap- light in a tunnelStep 1 go to college or  start your career 
Step 2 get married ( steps 1 and 2 can start simultaneously).
Step 3 live happily ever after (marriage is the icing on the cake)

These expectations obviously are not bad. However, the damage comes when these expectations put a burden on those, who for whatever reason, are single. And this pressure can intensify even more during Valentine when you feel as if everyone is judging you for not being in a relationship. If you are in a season of singleness or if you feel like your singleness is actually something God is calling you to, then let me give you an angle from 1 Corinthians to consider.

1 Corinthians 7  32-35 I want you to live as free of complications as possible. When you’re unmarried, you’re free to concentrate on simply pleasing the Master. Marriage involves you in all the nuts and bolts of domestic life and in wanting to please your spouse, leading to so many more demands on your attention. The time and energy that married people spend on caring for and nurturing each other, the unmarried can spend in becoming whole and holy instruments of God. I’m trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder. All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions. The Message (MSG)

Based on what I see in 1 Corinthians, your singleness could be an open door to ministry that would never be possible if you were married. Marriage, even though it is a good thing could limit you from having the impact that you could have if you were “free” to go and do what God is calling you to do. Your singleness will allow you to take all the time and effort, that you would normally spend on a relationship, and spend it on you calling.

    So don’t feel pressured to get married or the need to be in a relationship (especially during Valentine). Be encouraged that God could have you in this season of singleness so that you can maximize your time, talents, and resources to build His Kingdom. Make the most of your singleness! Take this God given gift and Maximize it for his glory.

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