Married or Single

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller:

1 Cor 7:7 For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.

To be, or not to be” Shakespeare famously penned in Hamlet. Many today are struggling to find contentment in their lives. The “singles” contemplate marriage, the “married” at times envy the singles. It is easy to look at others and think, “I wish my life was more like (fill in the blank).”

Paul makes a powerful point that helps anchor our hearts from drifting into envy. Paul says that each has his “own gift.”

Are you looking at your marriage today as a gift from the Lord? Do we recognize the call of being that gift to our spouse and that our spouse is a blessing and gift, too?

Are you looking at your singleness as a gift from the Lord? People often feel like singleness is a curse and not a blessing. Paul challenges us to see our singleness as an opportunity, not for self-enjoyment, but for fulfillment in Christ.

The key point to Paul’s exhortation in chapter 7 is that whether married or single our primary goal is to point people to Jesus. If God’s design for my life is about holiness and not happiness, then whether single or married, Jesus must be the object of my heart’s affections.

May we seek today to cherish the gift we have been given and use it to honor the giver.