"Single, Satisfied, and Sent: Mission for the Not Yet Married"

"Single, Satisfied, and Sent: Mission for the Not Yet Married"
source: verily

source: verily

Marshall Segal writes realistic advice about this State of Singleness many find themselves in. But he encourages us to fully embrace this season because we may never get it back when the One walks into our lives. Segal encourages us to say yes to spontaneity, something which will inevitably disappear when Another comes into our lives, and urges us to dream big, and then, as I always say, "dream bigger." The following is an excerpt, and the full text can be found here.

If you’re single, Satan is after you.

Okay, he’s after all of us, but there are some unique dangers in singleness — especially in unwanted singleness. He loves to deceive and discourage single people in the church and derail our devotion and ministry. But God intends to use you, your faith, your time, and your singleness in radical ways right now, as you are.

You might come away from a reading of 1 Corinthians 7 with two categories in mind: those who will live, serve, and die single and those who must marry. Paul sings singleness’s praises, listing the spiritual benefits of being spouse-free. The single life can be (relatively) free from relational anxieties (7:32), worldly distractions (7:33), and wide open for worship, devotion, and ministry (7:35). So, Paul concludes, skip the ceremony, literally, and enjoy “your undivided devotion to the Lord.”

Most say, “More power to you, Paul… but I’m getting married.” Maybe temptation overwhelms you, and you need a God-honoring way to satisfy that longing (7:2). Maybe it’s abundantly clear that you need a helper to carry out God’s call on your life (or it’s abundantly clear to others that you do). Maybe you want to have kids and realized that you need help with that. Maybe you just have a deep, undeniable desire for a loving, committed companion. In each case, it is good for you to get married.