The Gift in Singleness
"But I wish everyone were single, just as I am. Yet each person has a special gift from God, of one kind or another." -1 Corinthians 7:7 Paul talks in 1 Corinthians about the question of whether it is better to be married or single. He expresses the idea that it's okay to be married, but to not seek out a relationship if you're single. (1 Corinthians 7:27) I believe as a culture we've done a great disservice to people who are single. Our churches are filled with families, and singles can often view church as a way to meet that someone special. We may feel pressured to be in a relationship in order to fit in. We may fear being alone. But, the time when we're single is in fact our greatest opportunity to serve God and develop a deeper relationship with Him! (1 Corinthians 7:32-35) Many of us had family situations that were less than ideal growing up. We might have been given a blueprint to look for a dysfunctional mate as a result of our upbringing. Or, we might still be looking to resolve issues of love, acceptance, and value by getting into relationships with other people, when we need to look to God for that unconditional love and acceptance. What are some of the things you can do while you are single to prepare for God's future blessings in your life?
Set out to discover your personality, gifts and talents, and most of all your passion.
Find places to serve God, in your church and community - perhaps even abroad.
Further your skills by investing in training or education.
Develop kingdom relationships with people who have similar desires.
Treasure the time you have while you are single. It is a gift, just as much as being married is a gift. When you honor God with everything you have and seek Him, He will honor you in that. We find that when we delight ourselves in God, He will give us the desires of our heart. (Psalms 37:4)