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Single-Minded (18 of 36)
Series: Saints Gone Wild
1 Corinthians 7:25-40
When I was growing up I wanted to be tall. I worshiped basketball. All I could think about was being a successful basketball player. My dream was to earn a college scholarship. Therefore, at least once a week I would ask my mom or dad how tall I was going to be. Whenever I would have an appointment with our family doctor, I would ask him the same question. At the conclusion of my sophomore year, my doctor finally humored me and x-rayed my hand to determine if the growth plates were still open. I'll never forget having Dr. Hostetter walk back into the room and tell me that at most I may grow another half an inch. I almost bawled like a baby right in his presence. As a 16-year-old boy I saw all my hopes and dreams vanish like a puff of smoke.
Today, on a good day, I stand 5'10". Instead of being a professional basketball player, I have an even greater privilege-teaching God's Word. I wouldn't trade what I do for six NBA championship rings. Furthermore, I can buy my clothes off the rack, I can fit comfortably in a car, and I don't have to duck as I walk through doorways. Being short in stature certainly does have its advantages. It can be a blessing in disguise. Likewise, being single can also have its advantages, if you use the time God has allotted you for His glory. The apostle Paul has some counter-cultural words for us. He will suggest that single-minded singleness has its advantages. In 1 Cor 7:25-40, Paul shares several of these advantages. While many of these advantages can be universally true, we must be careful to understand what Paul is saying in the context of his letter to the Corinthians.
1. Singles are better able to cope with troubles (7:25-28). In these first four verses, Paul suggests that being single isn't nearly as bad as some think. Rather, in the midst of a difficult period of time, Paul recommends that engaged couples consider remaining single. Pa ...
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