“Lies About Love” | Week 7
“Singleness is Second Class” | 1 Corinthians 7:7-8
A vivid depiction of God’s mighty act of creation opens the pages of the Book of Genesis, setting a tone of reverence for God for all of Scripture. This culminates in the creation of man and woman, made in God’s image, becoming “one flesh”. Unfortunately, this text can mistakenly be reduced to an eleventh commandment, “Thou shalt marry.” Thus, Christian culture often assumes that life is not full and ministry is not effective without a spouse. The lie seeps in that singleness is second class; undesirable, ineffective, or even disobedient.
But, Paul is clear in 1 Corinthians 7:7. He believes his singleness is a gift. His singleness did not hold him back from planting churches, raising leaders, and encouraging believers. Although he did not have a spouse or kids, his life was filled with meaningful relationships. He calls Timothy his true child in the faith. This trend continues throughout church history. People like Mother Theresa have cared for others and shared the gospel in incredible ways, and singleness aided their efforts. The Bible is clear. Singleness is not a calling to be lesser. For some it is God’s plan for them to have a greater impact for his Kingdom.
See you Sunday!
Pastor A.C. Caswell