I Corinthians 7:32-34 32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34There 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

Encouraging The Singles

First, let me say that it is an honor and a privilege to be able to share my heart with you regarding this present state.  Question: Have you ever heard the quote, “Married folks want to be Single and Single folks want to be Married?”  I’m sure you have.  But what happened to enjoying life right where you are?  I have discovered in my short tenure of time here on planet earth that there is a time and a season for all things.  And guess what?  For the time period within each season, there’s a purpose to be perform.  Now, if I’m wasting all of my time thinking about the next season, some things in this present season will not get done.  Paul says, in the midst of all I’ve been through, life has taught me an invaluable lesson.  He says, I have learn (process requiring growth) to be content.   When you’ve walked with God long enough, you too can learn to be content in Him during this season.

    So, while you’re in this present state, your posture should be that you’re in high pursuit of pleasing God and fulfilling your purpose.  Now, if you were to ask me would I love to get married?  My answer would be absolutely Yes!  If you were to ask me would I like to have a child or two someday?   I would say sure.  And if you were to ask me, do I at times struggle in this flesh?  Without hesitation, I would respond most definitely!  Having said all of that however, my ultimate desire and passion to please God overrides my temporary desire to please my flesh.

Final point – When God finally brought Eve to Adam, Adam was not a lonely man.  He was alone but not lonely and there’s a significant difference between the two.   You see, while loneliness suggests feeling sorrowful and unfulfilled {woe is me}, alone on the contrary adamantly proclaims one of a kind, one species or one type.  Eve came along by the divine will of God not to give Adam significance; he received that from God, but to assist him in accomplishing a mandate from God that he could never accomplish in and of himself!

So, now answer me a few questions for me if you don’t mind – especially those of you who are in high pursuit of a mate.  Why do you want/need your mate?  Do you know who you are?  How significant are you by yourself?  What’s your God given purpose and what visions have you laid out for others to follow?   If you cannot answer these question my friend, you don’t qualify to be married.  And if you are waiting on someone to come transform your life, just know that there’s not a human being released from heaven that can satisfy and fulfill your every need.

Having said all of that now is a wonderful to focus on you.  It’s a wonderful season to focus on building your character and to focus on your career and relationship with God.  By gaining the right focus right now, “when the time is right, you’ll be right for the time.”


Elder Rickey E. Macklin

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