PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 19:10-12
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom…” (Matthew 19:12)
The word ‘eunuch’ literally means ‘to have the bed to yourself’.
It was primarily used for those who were castrated (for a variety of reasons).
But it also came to mean singleness, to be unmarried.
I know people who really struggle with their singleness… and a few who embrace it.
Personal desire, pressure from family or friends or society in general, can make it hard.
I really can’t speak to this issue, since I do so from being married.
But I do know how marriage is idealized beyond reality; it comes with challenges too!
Jesus speaks of some who choose singleness “for the sake of the kingdom”.
They are not actually choosing singleness; they are choosing to focus on the kingdom!
They devote themselves to bringing joy, hope, help, blessing to others – for Jesus’ sake.
All Jesus followers should surrender themselves – single or married – for the kingdom.
This will be different for each person, but we should be choosing somehow, somewhere!
Which makes me wonder, what am I choosing “for the sake of the kingdom”?
Where am I giving myself (my heart, time, energy, love) “for the sake of the kingdom”?
Lord, some choose lower pay, some choose life in a foreign country, some choose singleness, some choose volunteering in the community, etc… for the sake of the kingdom. What am I choosing for You?