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Ron Writes

Single and Complete in Christ

You can be complete and single! You don’t need to be married to have a relationship with Jesus. Only Jesus can make us complete. Only Jesus came to give us fulness of life.

Paul said it’s preferable to be single (1 Cor. 7:7-8). You can be single and not alone. Jesus was single and he wasn’t lonely, miserable or depressed. He had purpose, mission, fulness of life and he had friends. He came to do God’s will and trust in Him.

Many marriage problems are single problems. Some have never found out how to stand complete in Christ. Whoever you are before you’re married is who you will be after you’re married. Our crazy culture thinks that marriage prep is “living together.” Counter-culture is to develop a relationship with God. Develop the fruit of the spirit. Find the purpose God has for your life and live it to the fullest.

Singleness is celibacy. Is this difficult? Yes. So is marriage, work, raising a toddler or anything else worthwhile. Life is hard. Again, our culture teaches us that you can’t be complete without sex, lots and lots of sex. It’s a lie that sexual expression is essential for a full life. There are those with same-sex attraction who are finding fullness not in sexual expression but in mission and relationship in Christ.

Marriage is a picture of Christ and his church (Eph. 5). Some have found trust in God essential to getting through rough patches in marriage. To trust His Word that divorce isn’t always the solution. To get meaning, direction and strength from Christ. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).

Singleness is a picture of finding ultimate identity in Christ. It’s a picture of finding completeness in Christ.

We sing about it. “In Christ alone… my all in all.” “He is my everything, He is my all.” “He satisfies and every need supplies…” “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.” How is it that we can trust God with our eternal soul, but find it difficult to trust Him with our earthly life? May we all find completeness in Christ.