Sunday, 27 May 2012
SINGLE AND FULFILLED
Believers who are single should view singlehood as a wonderful state where they are able to serve God wholeheartedly, free from the concerns of family life and having to please their spouses (1 Corinthians 7: 32-34).
They should not be unduly pressured into getting hitched although marriage is the norm for most people. Not everyone can be celibate (Matthew 19:10-11).
Through marriage, one becomes intimately connected with a soul mate, the one with whom you can share your deepest hopes, aspirations, joys and fears.
Apart from companionship, marriage is God’s way whereby natural sexual desires and needs can be fulfilled. Hopefully, it will also protect against sexual temptation.
However, relieving sexual tension should not be the main motive for getting married.
It is better to deal with the pressure of desire rather than get hitched to the first person who comes along and then contend with an unhappy marriage.
In fact, believers should embrace wholeheartedly whatever their present state — single or married. Take it as an opportunity to glorify God with whatever gifts He has endowed them.
If a potential mate comes along, then one can pray, test the waters, see whether there is any “chemistry” and wait for God’s timing.
Transiting from singlehood to the married state should be viewed as positively as remaining single.
Singles should be open to whatever changes God may bring into their lives, including the possibility of a life partner.
But they should not succumb to societal or family pressure to get married. Neither should they be preoccupied day and night with getting married — and miss out on all the opportunities to live a happy, fulfilled life for God’s glory.
While they are waiting for Mr or Miss Right to appear, they should go out and enjoy the company of friends. Make new friends in a group setting, offline. Be actively involved in serving God.
Or even enroll themselves in a Bible study course or various personal development courses. Travelling and reading also add new insights and perspectives to life.
They should not be living in the future — what life might bring — but seize all the opportunities life presents to them in the present. Carpe diem!