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Hi Pinedale Singles:
On Sunday morning (August 31) I preached a sermon during our Worship services entitled AN UNCOMMON MARRIAGE. The sermon was part of our series on the book of Ephesians, and it taught through Paul’s instructions in Ephesians 5:21-33.
Though I don’t know for sure, I have a feeling that several of you groaned when you opened your bulletin and discovered the title of the sermon. After all, one of the constant irritations of being a single adult is that everyone acts as if singleness is a lesser state. People constantly say things like, “So when are you getting married?” or “I know just the right person for you.” They act like there is something wrong with you, and when you come to Church and hear (another) sermon on marriage, there must be a feeling of “outside looking in” . . . or at the very least a feeling of, “Church is not for me this morning.”
In regards to the first attitude – the sense that there is something wrong with singleness, all I can do is remind you that both Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul lived the single life. Neither sought to get married . . . and I’m pretty sure that if God desires marriage for everyone that those guys would have lived a different life. Besides, Paul made it clear that he thought being single came with real advantages!
As to the second attitude – the feeling that today’s sermon was not for everyone – I want to make SURE that you understand the bigger picture. The principle we discussed this morning – voluntary submission – and the question that we discussed – “How can I lay down myself to elevate you?” – are not just for marriage. Certainly, in Ephesians 5, Paul puts the magnifying glass on marriage. But the principle of servanthood is for everyone. Jesus modeled it, and He told us to do likewise.
Consider for a moment the power of serving those around you. What would happen if you asked the question we discussed this morning at work? What if you served those you work with, using your talents and time to lift the whole team? What if you asked this question in your family, serving them out of reverence for Christ? What if you served your friends; your enemies; your Church; your community? Over and over Jesus demonstrated that those who want to be great in this life must serve others. Look again at how Paul begins Philippians 2:5 – “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus . . .”
Even if you are not married, I encourage you to take the “marriage principle” we discussed today and apply it to your relationships - all of them. You will be surprised at how every one of them will change. Whether you ever choose to marry or not, service and humility should be a hallmark of your human relationships. We look most like Christ when we empty ourselves and serve others.
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