Single Servants

Read: 1 Corinthians 7:32-38

In the church we talk a lot about family.  Families are good, important, and serve many good purposes in society and in the world.  But as Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 7, men and women who are single are also very important to the church, important in society, and a valuable asset to our world.  As Paul says, “They are able to be concerned about the Lord’s affairs.”

Some of the greatest leaders of church history lived their whole lives as singles:  Saint Fracis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Joan of Arc, Teresa of Avila, Thomas a Kempis, Bernard of Clairvaux.  More recently, leaders such as Francis Asbury, missionaries Amy Carmichael and Helen Roseveare, and German martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer were all single.  C.S. Lewis was a bachelor most of his life, married at age fifty-seven, was married for only four years, and remained a celibate widower after his wife’s death.

This list goes on and includes British Theologian John Stott, Mother Theresa, and yes the Apostle Paul.  God has used these single servants in ways that have made a huge difference in the world for Christ.  They are loved, valuable, and important, just like the singles we know today.  The church is blessed to have so many dedicated servants, who like Paul, have given their life for the good of God’s Kingdom and others.

Another group of brothers and sisters that we need to support and pray for are the single mothers and fathers in our churches and community.  It is hard for many to truly understand the challenges of time and finances they deal with on a day to day basis.  We need to find ways to support them and their children and let them know that we are there for them when they need a break or need a helping hand.

The church is full of people who desire to serve the Lord together.  And together is how we must do this.  Let’s support all the people of our communities but let’s especially reach out to those are single, widowed, single parents, or other.  God can, does, and will use them in ways that only they can be used for His Kingdom.  I am thankful that so many of them are such willing servants!  Many of them have blessed me in wonderful ways!

Make it personal:  Who and How can you reach out to someone who is single?  Maybe they just need a helping hand, a prayer partner, or a source of encouragement in their life.  Reach out to them and hear them share about how the Lord is using them for the good of his kingdom.  As a church, let’s affirm them in that call!

Blessings,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church