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and painful trial. They deserve and need   couples in gatherings in the home after
        our understanding and support. It is   meeting or for fellowship. It certainly
        thrilling to know that God does not have   involves care in how we speak to them
        a plan “B” in His will for those believers   and about them. Everything said to them
        who sacrifice in obedience to Him. He   and about them should validate their
        will always give them the most fulfilling   completeness as a person in the eyes of
        and God-honoring life. But it is difficult   God (Col 2:10). Their service for the Lord
        to tell this to a young woman through her   in connection with the assembly should
        tears. Only the Spirit of God can apply   be  appreciated and  recognized.  Many
        this kind of truth to a broken heart. These   single believers engage in children’s work
        single believers have been asked by God   and outreach. Support both verbally and
        to walk a lonely path, but not a path bereft   financially should be expressed to confirm
        of His fellowship. He has a work for them   the importance of what they are doing.
        and is fitting them for that work, a work   Paul spends almost an entire chapter
        which only a single person can accom-  (1Co 7) expounding some of the benefits
        plish. Many single believers, both men   of the single state. While the context of
        and women, have been able to be useful   the chapter may have in mind times of
        in the local assembly or farther afield. An
        unmarried believer must never put life   persecution, the advantages mentioned
                                              would embrace all times. Being single
        on hold waiting for marriage. If that is in
        God’s will, He will bring it to pass in His   does not mean you have nothing to do;
        time. Meanwhile, seek to find a niche of   it does mean you can schedule your time
        usefulness where you are.             without having to consider someone else.
                                              This may afford more time for reading,
          The single saints who march across
        the pages of Scripture and have brought   prayer and service for the Lord. Shepherds
                                              should seek to encourage these Christians
        honor to the Lord Jesus include Lazarus,
        Mary, Martha, Paul, possibly the Apostle   in their personal spiritual lives; getting to
        John and Dorcas. And what of many of   know God is the ultimate goal for all of
        the prophets in the Old Testament? While   us, whether single or married.
        we cannot be dogmatic, there is nothing to   Those who serve as mentors in the as-
        suggest that men such as Elijah and Elisha   sembly, whether older sisters or brethren,
        were married; and we know that Jeremiah   need to reinforce for single believers that,
        was not permitted to marry. All of these   if this is the will of God for them, they
        were called to walk a very special path.   have value and can be effective for God.
        Would you question whether any of them   The goal of life is not marriage but bring-
        will stand on eternity’s shore with regret   ing glory to God – by married people and
        for following God’s will?             single believers. For many Christians,
                                              their usefulness for God is multiplied by
        Support for                           marriage. For others, the single state is
          Unmarried Christians need the support   the circumstance which God has chosen
        of the assembly. If we are truly “body” in   to employ to reveal Himself to them in a
        character, then we must strengthen every   unique way and to channel them into the
        member of that body. This may entail in-  sphere of service that He, in His wisdom,
        cluding single people along with married   has planned for them.

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