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Singleness

Jesus spoke about various aspects of life, including marriage and singleness, particularly in the New Testament. One of the most direct references to being single comes from Matthew 19:11-12, where Jesus addresses the topic of marriage and celibacy. Here is what the passage says:

“But he said to them, ‘Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.'”

Three Takeaways:

  1. Singleness as a Gift: Jesus acknowledges that singleness (or celibacy) is not for everyone but is a special calling or gift (“to whom it has been given”). This implies that being single is not a lesser state than being married but a different calling that comes with its own set of opportunities for serving God and the community.
  2. Voluntary Choice for the Kingdom: Jesus introduces the concept of voluntarily choosing to live as a “eunuch” for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. This suggests that some may choose singleness as a way to dedicate themselves more fully to spiritual pursuits, ministry, and service, without the additional responsibilities that come with marriage and family life.
  3. Diversity of Circumstances: The passage acknowledges the diversity in reasons for being single. Some are single by circumstance (“born that way” or “have been made eunuchs by others”), while others choose singleness for spiritual reasons. This diversity highlights the importance of recognizing and respecting different life paths and the unique ways individuals can contribute to the community and live out their faith.

Overall, Jesus’ teachings on singleness emphasize respect, choice, and the recognition of singleness as a valid and valuable way of life for those who are called to it, especially when it is chosen for the sake of dedicating one’s life to God’s kingdom.

Author

  • Greg Gaines

    Father / Grandfather / Minister / Missionary / Deacon / Elder / Author / Digital Missionary / Foster Parents / Welcome to our Family https://jesusleadershiptraining.com/about-us/

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