Saturday, August 8, 2009

On Service and Singleness

Last night, our friend from Singapore shared to many of our youth some principles on emotional purity, a topic she encountered in a young professional’s retreat entitled “Maximizing Singleness”. She mentioned about the importance of serving God and preparing one’s self for his/her partner by learning skills that can be helpful for starting a family. Skills like cooking, fixing Grohe faucets, leading (for men) and submitting (for women), providing for financial needs, etc.

A passage she referred to was,

1 Corinthians 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 find the Bible very practical when it comes to service and singleness. Although in most Christian churches, they recommend full-time ministers to be married and raising family, which also has wisdom, but most active workers or volunteers in the church are the single youth and that is an undeniable fact which supports the fact that single young people/ professionals can do so much during their single years.



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