God has called each of us to a special task. For some it is a calling to be single for life. Not many people are called to singleness but if you are a Christian never married single over 25 you have probably wondered if this is the calling of God on your life.
In 1 Corinthians 7 v 32 – 35 Paul explains how a single person can have his whole life focused and centred on God, but a married person must divide themselves between family responsibilities and God. Most who read this focus on the married side of this, not the single side. So let’s consider it for a moment.
J. Budziszewski from Focus on the Family quotes a friend who has been called to a life of singleness: “One thing people tend to misunderstand is that God always gives the gift of celibacy to make us more available to Him, not to make us more available to ourselves. So a celibate person should expect to have LESS time on his hands than a married one, not more. God is more demanding than a husband or wife!”
Yes, the sacrifice can be great, but so can the rewards. Consider Mother Teresa, who, as a married woman she may have influenced the lives of her own half-dozen kids, but as a woman called to singleness she helped thousands of orphans in India. Her life was consumed with her mission. Every waking moment was about reaching out to others. Her calling to singleness was more demanding than a husband and a houseful of children. But she wouldn’t have been happy doing anything else. Why? Because this was God’s calling and will for her.
Chances are God has not called you to a life of singleness. Chances are He has called you to something else. Chances are you are putting off finding what your calling is until you are married, or just older. Certainty is that God’s has a plan for your life that involves today, now. Certainty is that if you seek to follow His calling for your life He will guide you, whether it means singleness or marriage. Certainty is that God can be trusted with all aspects of your life – even singleness, love and marriage.
Do you know what your calling is? Do you think it’s easy to find your calling? Should those called to singleness should know it?Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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