1 Corinthians 7:38 (ESV) – So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.
Marriage is the normal course of life for the individual. This is a good thing.
It’s good for the larger society (i.e., the state) because any given nation basically needs an average of 2.1 children per woman to continue thriving from generation to generation.
It’s good for the church because one of the primary means by which God passes the faith on from one generation to another is through the children born to a married couple.
It’s good for the family because the marriage should be the single greatest living demonstration of gospel love to the children in that family as well as those watching on the greater society.
Marriage is normal and good. But…
Marriage is not necessarily the best option for an individual. Paul says so. It may be, but then again, it might not be. I don’t want to get into the larger context at this point, but I would like to make a simple point. An individual can experience the soul satisfying grace of God and thrive in a walk with Christ as a single person. No marriage is necessary.
There will be some things the single person will never experience. True. But that single person can and should experience the greatest that God has to offer us in Christ independent and irrespective of their marital status.
There are also benefits to being single as far as service for the Lord and his body in the local church is concerned (once again, check the context of this verse), but that will be another blog post at some point. The point I’d like to make today from Paul’s encouragement to the single people in the church at Corinth is:
Your spiritual life should thrive regardless of whether or not you are married. You can enjoy the best that God has for you regardless of whether or not you are married. So, whether you are single or married, I am praying today that the members of NRBC will enjoy the best that God has for them in Christ.
Just wanted you all to know that!