Sunday, 27 May 2007
1 Corinthians 7:7 says “I wish everyone could get along without marrying just as I do. But we are not all the same. God gives some the gift of marriage and to others He gives the gift of singleness.”
Singleness is described as a gift, but not all have this gift and not everyone is jumping up and down to receive this gift. It can leave you feeling vulnerable and even unqualified to deal with loneliness, belonging and sexuality. It would be easy to think that these pains are unique to the single, but they are not—they are human pains.
Some things I didn't get to mention this morning:
1 Cor 7: 32 -35 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
I love being married and I love my kids but there are times when my loyalties are divided. When I go off on a trip I miss my family, one of my boys finds school harder during that time. If you are single you don't have these divided loyalties though you don't have the coming home party either.
Things change when you get married,when you're single, your time and money are flexible. I get paid more now than I was single but I have a lot less for me. Money goes in different directions,Think about that.
Ecc 3:11 God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end. (NLT)
If you're single your life is not on hold God has placed eternity in your heart, you are designed for meaning;
To the singles in the Vineyard I want to say you guys are great and you add and bring so much to our community of faith, you are an integral part of our church family so thanks and keep stewarding your life with passion and purpose.