Singleness! Paul makes a strong case for singleness and its benefits in staying fully devoted to Jesus. Marriage provides distractions, caring for your spouse and in most cases your children. This ‘distracts’ us and Paul wants us to be free of these ‘concerns’.
Paul doesn’t want to ‘restrict’ people, he is saying these things for our good. That is an interesting thought because in our society marriage is held as more desirable than singleness and to think that being single could possibly be for our good, well… Yet Paul has his reasons, and so does God in giving us all this encouragement.
So what does it mean for us. Well if you’re married stay that way! If you’re single, if you can live with the pressures of singleness then stay that way, because you have more time, focus and opportunity to serve the Lord. Paul is not against marriage, he is for the work of the Gospel, and so much so he wants our undivided attention to the Lord.
Father, help me not to be distracted form the work of the Gospel but to serve you wholeheartedly!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta