Though Jesus did the biggest work, God’s dream isn’t complete until everyone has heard the Gospel. For the world to hear the Gospel, people like you and me (married or unmarried) have to be willing not only to share the Good News but also to live it.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:15-18).
Just like God desired that Adam and Eve duplicate themselves, God desires that you duplicate yourself spiritually. Whether you are single or married, the ultimate purpose of your existence is to advance the Kingdom of God. You do this by sharing your faith and living out God’s will for your life. Some may receive the message; some may reject it. Whatever the response, God’s greatest dream is being fulfilled through you.
How does marriage fit into the Great Commission? Marriage was designed from the very beginning to support the plan of God. Adam was given the great responsibility of tending to the Garden, but God saw that He needed a helper to get it done. When God sees your life in Him, He sees a willing vessel to be used for the furthering of the Gospel. This can be done as a single person, but two working together is always better than one (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). When you’re married, you have the opportunity to do more for the Kingdom of God than if you’re single. You strengthen your spouse, and compliment their strengths and weaknesses. Though you may automatically think of marriage as something to gratify your own desires, its first and main purpose is to gratify God’s desire for His Kingdom. It’s a Kingdom you are honored to represent, and a Kingdom you are anointed to support.
Note: The photo above is of the day Michael and I committed to further the Gospel and honor God through our union. Three years later, the honor and commitment continues!