Let the one who is able to receive this receive it” (Matt. Paul echoed this observation in 1 Corinthians : “I want you to be free from anxieties.
The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord.
To proclaim that singleness was good and even preferable to marriage was unheard of in a culture where marriage and family were considered the only blessed state.
Paul’s encouragement was anchored in his conviction that , not one’s spouse or family or genealogical line.
But it does mean that Jesus approves some of his followers’ renouncing marriage and sexual activity for the sake of serving Christ’s kingdom.
“Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.” That is what Paul chose for himself and what he encouraged others to consider in 1 Corinthians 7.
But Christian singles do have a life journey that does not include the experiences of sexual expression that married couples enjoy (or, to be honest, of those who choose to live outside of God’s design for our sexuality).
Singles, living without the gift of a spouse and choosing to abstain from sexual expression outside of marriage, have a richer opportunity to attend on Christ through daily relational devotion to Him and purposeful investment in the kingdom of God.
In fact, in many ways, the intense battle to be faithful to God through sexual abstinence provides the context for cultivating a close dependence on Jesus.
To follow Jesus faithfully means we need to reorient our values and priorities radically.
One radical value Jesus proclaimed was that single men and women had equal standing in His kingdom.