What’s the Difference Between a Married & a Single?
When I was single, I remember dreaming and longing to be married. I really didn’t know God’s plan for marriage, I just wanted to have a “permanent date”. Well it wasn’t until I released the idea that I had to have somebody that God began to connect me with my husband. I know it may not make sense but God wants to get singles to be united to Him before they become united to anyone else. In other words, God wants to be your “permanent date.” In I Corinthians 7:33-35 you will find the difference between the married and the unmarried.
The secret to our success as a single and our success as a married is in this text. I Corin. 7:33-35 says that there is a difference between a married and an unmarried person. The unmarried person cares about the things of the Lord and how she/he may please God. Singles are also instructed to be holy both in body and in spirit (God is concerned about what you are doing with your body and your spirit). He desires for an unmarried person to be devoted to Him. The text goes on to say that singles have the advantage of serving God with few distractions. Therefore, I want to encourage all of the singles to get focused on God and your relationship with Him. Examine yourself, are you devoted to God more than any thing or are you devoted to the idea of getting married? Embrace this season of your life like never before and give God your all! He wants you to bring glory and honor to Him by the things that you do.
On the other hand, married people are instructed to care about the things of this world/earthly responsibilities and how to please his/her spouse. Imagine if every married person followed these instructions. Marriages would be happier because every wife would be doing what it takes to please her husband and every husband would be doing what it takes to please his wife. It is God’s desire that you both be pleased. So take a moment to evaluate how you are doing with pleasing your spouse. Be intentional about pleasing each other. When you obey this instruction, your marriage will bring more glory and honor to God.
In closing, I can honestly say that being devoted to God as a single has helped me to be a devoted to my husband. Having a close relationship with the Lord is the key to having successful relationships with others. Remember that God is the author of marriage and we should never leave Him out!
Until next week . . .
p.s. How many of you had a Sabbath last week? I would love to hear your comments.