The Journey of Preparation to Singleness, Marriage & Intimacy With God
Day 122: THE UNMARRIED. WHICH TYPE ARE YOU?
Yesterday we received a lesson on what it means to be single. You now know that being single has nothing to do with your relationship status. However one form of singleness does and that is the group of the unmarried.
Today’s Lesson: The unmarried are no different than the married. Both are blessed and have a purpose.
On the journey of preparation into singleness, marriage and intimacy with God it is important to have an understanding of the various types of the unmarried, and to know that each type serves a great purpose for the Lord.
But Jesus said, “Not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace. Marriage isn’t for everyone. Some, from birth seemingly, never give marriage a thought. Others never get asked—or accepted. And some decide not to get married for kingdom reasons. But if you’re capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it.” (Matthew 19:11-12 MSG)
There are three types of the unmarried
Those born that way
Jesus speaks of three types of singleness. First, some ‘were born that way’ (v.12a) and ‘never give marriage a thought’ (MSG). Second, there is involuntary singleness (v.12b) – those who ‘never get asked – or accepted’ (MSG). Third, there is voluntary singleness – those who ‘decide not to get married for kingdom reasons’ (v.12c, MSG).
Being unmarried can be temporary or permanent, but it is never regarded as second best. Both being unmarried and married are high callings and, according to God, there are advantages and disadvantages to both.
Until tomorrow if you are in the unmarried category, identify where you are, then decide where you want to be. And in between time embrace your singleness. (Read Day 121 for the true definition of singleness)
With Beautiful Love