Today I want to get really real with y’all about serving in singleness. For so much of my life, even up until recently, I had this image of serving the Lord in my head. It was something like this: I would wake up in the morning next to my spouse, we’d eat breakfast and then have quiet time together. There would always be someone to pray with. There would be someone who would wake up with me in the middle of the night just to worship when we couldn’t sleep. We could go out and love on the lost together.
I had no idea how to serve the Lord in my singleness. In fact, I would even go as far as to say that I felt like I couldn’t fully do anything for the Lord without having a significant other there to do it with me. And oh how wrong I was.
The fact is singleness is a wonderful time to serve. Paul writes this in 1 Corinthians 7:32-34:
I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided.
Our singleness is a time when we don’t have to worry about other people. You know what happens when you add another person into a relationship? You start to worry about what they want you to do and how they want you to act, instead of just focusing on Jesus and what he wants you to do. You start to people please and wonder if how you are acting is helping them in their walk with the Lord.
Our singleness is a time that we can put all of our energy full force into the Lord and what He is calling us to do.
Singleness is a season where we can spend all of our time getting to know the Lord fully. We get to spend as much of our time as we’d like in the word, in prayer, in worship, just getting to know who our God is and how great he is.
And that isn’t to say that the season of marriage is any less awesome, because frankly, it’s gonna be pretty dang great. But for right now, while I have so much time to myself, I’m going to spend it serving the Lord. I’m going to spend it in the word; I’m going to spend it in worship; and I’m going to fully immerse myself in Him because I can.
I hope you all have a happy, happy week serving the Lord in whatever season of life you are in.
I’lll see you next time,