The nurturing of a spiritual father

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1 Thessalonians 2

10 You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; 11 as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, 12 that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

 

Yesterday we saw how we are to care for others as deeply as a mother cares for her nursing baby.  Today we see how we are to continue that care using the illustration of a nurturing father.  Not every man that fathers a child is a good dad.  Those who fall into the category of “good dad” get there by being there for their children both physically and mentally.  A good dad takes from his time to give time to his growing children.  As a father of six children, I learned early that the babies needed mom more than me. But after a while we would see that they needed me in their lives just as much as mom. Being engaged in every stage of life is what a nurturing father does.

In this passage, Paul compares himself to a nurturing father who takes time exhorting, comforting and charging, or instructing his children. New Christians are often called “babes-in-Christ.” And just as babies of nature are expected to grow so babies in the faith are expected to mature.  A maturing faith comes about because someone takes time for spiritual nurture.

Who spent time nurturing you in your faith? What did they do? How did their nurturing affect your faith and subsequent spiritual maturity?  A spiritual mentor, or one who disciples, is needed by every young Christian.  Has God brought someone into your life for you to spiritually mentor?  If He has then you know the joys and the sorrows of spiritual parenting.  Just as time spent with a child is never in vain so time spent in spiritual nurture is never in vein either.  If you are not currently nurturing someone in their faith, ask God to show you someone young in their faith and begin to do the work of fatherly nurturing in their life.

Tonight at our church, we are hosting the Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality annual dinner and presentation.  It all begins at 6:00.  We will gather for prayer then eat Portillos for dinner.  After dinner we will reconvene to hear Stephen Black, an ex-gay man, who came to Christ and found deliverance from all of his pain and sin.  Tomorrow AFTAH will host sessions in the morning and a panel discussion in the afternoon.  The cost for the whole event is $25.

A week from Sunday we will begin our revival meetings with Brent Sivnksty.  Brent will be taking us back to the book of Titus and walking us through the important lessons from that epistle.  Sunday services are at 10:30am and 6:00pm.  Monday through Friday the services will be at 7:00 with Friday’s service being at the First Baptist Church of Big Rock. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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