This is a blog from Friday, July 18, 2008 (during my Single Adult Ministry Days)
“”But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matt 6:33 (NASB)
The Word of God is inerrant, infallible, and totally sufficient to meet the needs of mankind. Therefore, when God instructs us to first seek His kingdom and His righteousness, it is a wise Christian indeed who listens to His counsel. Idolatry is anything that you place before seeking God, and if there is anything that we should learn from the pages of the Holy Scriptures it should be that idolatry ALWAYS leads to our ruin and destruction.
Often, we hear the word idolatry and immediately think of those foolish Israelites who left the surety of God and turned to the worship of golden calves. We seldom look to our own hearts and realize that we are the most idolatrous people ever to call upon the name YHWH. Another lesson from Holy Writ should be the fact that we, as the Israelites before us, never seem to learn our lesson either.
It does not matter if we commit murder, adultery, fornication, lie, steal, conduct homosexual acts, unbiblical heterosexual acts, cheat on our taxes, fail to honor God’s chosen servants over us in the faith or fail to place God first, sin is sin, and according to Proverbs 13:15 “the way of the treacherous [sinner] is hard.” We also fail to realize that “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool…” Prov 28:26 (NASB).
For the Christian, being single is a blessing from God. It is during that time of your life when God can work in ways almost impossible for a married person, to bring us into a right relationship with God. Married people by necessity have their attention devoted to their marriage, Paul even said: “But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and his interests are divided. The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord. 1 Cor 7:32-35 (NASB) Single man, what about you? Are you concerned about the things of the Lord, or are you committing idolatry in your heart by seeking a mate or a job or anything else as your prime goal? What about you, single woman? Are you concerned about the things of the Lord, that you may be holy both in body and spirit? Or are you likewise placing such things in God’s rightful place?
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deut 6:5 (NASB) Anything less than this will result in misery; God will not accept second place in our hearts. However, ascribing to a lifestyle exemplary of Matthew 6:33 holds forth the promise to those who have their priorities right: “…and all these things will be added to you.”
Marvin W. Huddleston