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Daily Living – Episode 37 – Andrew Evans

Daily Living – Episode 37 – Andrew Evans

Healthy Singleness

Author: Pastor Andrew Evans

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 7:32 “The unmarried person is concerned about the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:32)

In the 2004 Olympic Games, an American Rifle Shooter by the name of Matt Emmons found himself in a race for the gold medal. Emmons competed in the “three-position event”, in which participants shoot from their stomachs, knees, and feet at a target that is 50 meters away. Going into his final shot, Emmons was in first place and only needed a mediocre score to take home the gold. He readied himself, took aim, and fired. And his shot hit right near the bullseye…on the wrong target in the lane beside his own.

He took aim and fired, and hit what he was aiming at with incredible accuracy. However, he was aiming at the wrong target.

You know, for most of us, we probably have a hard time finding common ground with an individual who has competed in the Olympic Games. However, I think many of us can identify all too well with someone that has hit the wrong target. And I think this is especially true of individuals like myself that have a desire to be married, yet still find themselves single.

You see, from an early age, we are conditioned to believe that the chief goal in life is to be married. And so if that’s the goal, an individual that is single will find themselves easily discouraged, because they will conclude that they are “missing the target.”

I would like to encourage those who find themselves in a season of singleness to shift their perspective. We aren’t missing the target, we’re just aiming at the wrong one.

In 1 Corinthians 7 , Paul is sharing about how to make the most of your season of singleness. And it is here that he showcases the chief goal in life. Look at what he says:

“The unmarried person is concerned about the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:32)

What does Paul say is our chief goal? To please the Lord.

This is our target – to please Jesus. To pursue righteousness and obedience. To take up our cross, and to deny ourselves. To obey the great commandment, and to fulfill the great commission. To count others as more significant than ourselves, and to ask justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. This is our target.

And many of us miss this target in an attempt to hit one that’s not in our lane. Might we shift our perspective, adjust our aim, and change our target – “so that we might be devoted to the Lord without distraction.”( 1 Corinthians 7:35)