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First Things First - Greg Laurie Daily Devotion - October 23

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

First Things First

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. (Philippians 4:11 nkjv)

I think it’s important for those who are unmarried to find happiness as a single person before they find happiness as a married person, because someone who thinks another person will meet all the needs of their life will be surprised.

Ultimately what we really long for is a relationship with God. We need Him to be first in our lives. Then, having found that relationship with Him, we need to find contentment where we are, whether single or married.

The apostle Paul said, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11 nkjv). We have to get first things first. As you’re looking around for a potential spouse, look for a godly person. A lot of people say they’re Christians when they’re actually not, so look for someone who’s godly. And let me take it a step further: look for someone who’s even more godly than you are.

If you spend time with someone, you’ll know whether they’re godly. One of the best things to do is to go to church and worship together. Have a Bible study together. If he or she doesn’t have an interest in doing those things, then you have a problem already. Find contentment in your singleness before you try to find contentment as a married person.

There’s a certain flexibility in being single. When you’re unmarried, you have the mobility to do things a married person never could do. If you’re in that moment of singleness in your life, embrace the moment. Be the godliest version of yourself that you can be. Serve the Lord. Take the free time you have and use it for His glory. You just may find that the Lord will drop your future husband or wife into your life while you’re busy serving Him.

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Originally published October 23, 2018.