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CHRISTIAN LIVING QUESTION 89
Are there people for whom the ideal desire of God's will is that they remain single?
The ideal plan of God, set forth in creation, has a man leaving his father and mother and cleaving to his wife (cf. Genesis 2:24). However, since this is not a command, there are exceptions: It would appear that Jeremiah, a mighty prophet of God, was never married, “Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place” (Jeremiah 16:2).
Jesus said that there were some men who were (and would remain) single for the kingdom’s and gospel’s sake, “But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it” (Matthew 19:11-12); the implication being that it was a special gift from God to be so.
It also appears that Paul was never married, yet much used of God, “For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn [to be inflamed with lust]” (1 Corinthians 7: 7-9).
Virgins and the unmarried are said to be better able to attend to the things of the Lord; “But I would have you without carefulness [anxiety]. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband” (1 Corinthians 7:32-34). Scripture and history certainly confirm that the unmarried can be very useful in the things of the Lord.
What about you, dear reader? Whether you are single or married the most important thing in your life is where you will be in eternity - Heaven or hell. Jesus Christ is the difference: Repent of your sins and trust him to day, for He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated February 8th, 2014 by Sandra Felix