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Why Singles Should Serve in Ministry


Occasionally I like to look through the statistics for the web site at the keywords people use to find the site. Sometimes those keywords spark something within me, giving me a topic I feel could be further developed on the site like this one — “why singles should serve in ministry.” Following are three good reasons I believe singles should serve in ministry.

Look at the key passages on spiritual gifts and you do not find where they are distributed or to be used based on marital status, gender, or age. When, therefore, God says in 1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” … that includes singles. Also see Romans 12:6-8 which basically states that whatever our gift is, we should use it.

Why should singles serve in ministry?Because God has gifted them to serve and He holds everyone accountable for what they have been given.

No one knows how long they will have on this earth. Shouldn’t we use whatever time we have, in whatever state we are in, to its fullest potential (Eph. 5:15-17). Certainly that must include serving. To not serve as singles would be to waste a significant portion of our lives. Serving one another is part of fulfilling the greatest commandments (Matt. 22:37-40; Gal. 5:13-14; 6:2).

Why should singles serve in ministry?Because time is short and God wants our lives to count at all times.

In 1 Corinthians 7, the Apostle Paul addressed the issue of being single and wished more people were in that state. Why? It wasn’t because marriage is awful. In verse 28 he said, “But if you do marry, you have not sinned.” Paul was all about serving and he understood that with marriage comes many distractions in life. Being single provides a much greater potential for “undivided devotion to the Lord” (v. 35). Of course, singles must have this perspective for that to become a reality.

Why should singles serve in ministry?Because singleness is a potentially optimal time to serve.

When you consider the above three reasons why singles should serve in ministry, my question becomes “Why should they not serve in ministry?”


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