I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
Paul took a lot of time to teach about marriage. It’s fine to marry but it seemed better to him if a person was able or gifted to remain unmarried. A married person’s “interests are divided” (vs. 34) and Paul’s desire was for believers to live in undivided devotion to the Lord.
It is accurate – my interests are divided – yet I want an undivided devotion to the Lord. Even though my time and attention are seemingly split between devotion to the Lord and devotion to Alisa and my children – I want my devotion to God to be expressed through my devotion to my family. I want to serve them as Christ would. I want to love my wife as Christ loves the church (Ephesians 5). Yes, my time is no longer my own – but my devotion to Christ can be seen in my faithfulness to those loved ones that God has placed in my life.
Father – I want to live in undivided devotion to You! Help me to see the eternal in every moment and with every person. Give me eyes to see those things that divide my attention from you and give me the will to avoid them, staying close to You!