Marriage is an institution that was created and ordained by God for the benefit of mankind. Marriage is the beginning of the family and is a life-long commitment. It also provides an opportunity to grow in selflessness as you serve your wife and children. Marriage is more than a physical union; it is also a spiritual and emotional union. This union mirrors the one between God and His Church.
The one and only and most important thing to do is to know Christ.
While single you must not be ignorant of the fact that it is your youthful, vibrant and productive age. According to the Holy Book in Ecclesiastes 12:1 which says: Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”
Our enemy says, “Youth for pleasure, middle age for business, old age for religion.” The Bible says, “Youth, middle age, and old age for your Creator.”
But as it is especially in our youth that we are most inclined (determined?) to forget our Creator, it’s especially in these years that we must work to remember our Creator (Ecc.12:1). Remember that He made you, that He provides for you, that He cares for you, that He watches you, that He controls you; and remember that He can save you too. That’s a lot to remember, but it’s much easier to start memorizing when we are young!
1. Energetic years
While you are single, you are energetic, focused and coordinated.
Why would you want to wait until we are pegging out, until we are running down, until our gas is almost empty, before serving our Creator? The God who made us deserves our most active and healthy years: our bodies are strong and muscular (well kind of), our minds are sharp and clear, our senses are receptive and keen and sensitive, our enthusiasm is bright and bushy, our wills are steely and determined. Remember Him in your energetic years.
2. Sensitive years
Your single hood is usually a very sensitive part of your life and phase humans go through.
Why do far more of us become Christians in our youth than in our middle or old age? It’s because youthful years are sensitive years. Without giving up our belief in “Total Depravity” we can say that it’s “easier” to believe and repent when we are younger. It’s never easy, but it’s easier. And it’s easier because as we get older our heart is hardened thicker, our conscience is seared number, our sins root deeper, our deadness becomes deader.
Why not develop that passion and love for God now you are single and stronger?
3. Teachable years
We learn more in our youth than in any other period of life. That’s true in all subjects, but especially true in religious instruction.
While single, we tend to learn a whole lot, from our daily experiences and from the experiences of others. So instead of whiling away your life as a single person, use that time to develop yourself spiritually.
4. Dangerous years
Young years are minefield years: hormones, peer pressure, alcohol, drugs, pornography, immorality, testosterone, etc. Few navigate these years without blowing up here and there. Dangers abound on every side – and on the inside. How many “first” temptations become “last” temptations! How much we need our Creator to keep us and carry us through this battlefield.
One important thing to note:
- Ask for your Creator’s salvation: Even if your rejection of your Creator has broken you in pieces, He’s willing to re-create you in His image.
Conclusively, life without Jesus is vanity. Use the singlehood phase to know Christ. The reason being that once you get married, more responsibilities are bound to surface from your spouse's attention to that of the children to that of your in-laws and the list goes on and on and on. So, if you did not use your life as a single man or woman well, it may bring dangerous consequences later in life.
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