“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering-fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. (Genesis 4:2-5)
As a single person, now’s the time in your life when you are earning and have a minimal financial obligations. Unless you’re supporting your parents or putting your siblings through school, what you earn is all yours.
You can afford to spend on your luxuries now and then. Your money and your time are your own. You don’t have to feel guilty if you buy something for yourself because you’re not depriving someone else-a spouse or a child-of what that money can buy.
You’re at the time of your life when you have so much to offer back to God. Unlike when you were a student, you’re not subsisting on your allowance. You now have experience and expertise in your job. If your community needs to decorate a stage for a gathering and you’re an architect or an interior designer, you have the skill not only to make an excellent design but to execute it well, too.
And because you’re single, you can offer more time for service. In 1 Corinthians 7:32-35, St. Paul says, “I should like you to be of free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided. An unmarried woman is anxious about things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to impose a restraint upon you, but for the sake of propriety and adherence to the Lord without distraction.”
More to Give
It’s also the time when you can afford to give more of your money back to God.
If you haven’t learned and applied the principle of tithing in you life, now is a good time to do it. The Bible teaches us to give back to the Lord the first 10 percent ofbthe financial blessings we’ve received. It’s a principle that comes with an awesome promise that even some secular business people teach it.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,”says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (Malachi 3:10)
In the singles group that we grew up in, Abel was our model of generosity. God was pleased with his offering because he brought the fat portions from the firstborn of his flock. In other words, Abel gave the Lord the firstvand the best. Cain, meanwhile, just offered whatever fruits he had when he felt like it.
So start giving our best to God. Get into the habbit of tithing. Be generous in your offerings.
Always remember, when it comes back to you, you’ll be overwhelmed by God’s bounty.
-Oh, God, I’m still SINGLE! Rissa Singson-Kawpeng