The Delights of A Word Filled Wife and Mother
One of the great blessings in life comes from knowing what God wants you to do and doing it. That way of life Jesus described as His chosen path. He once said that He delighted in doing God’s Will.
For us who know and love the Lord, life is a delight. We know why He made us, what we are to do for Him, and so we face each new day knowing that the Lord is with us, His strength is ours, and His smile is upon us. Like Jesus we delight to follow His plan.
Paul himself takes on a picture of a gentle and loving mother, nursing her children, as the example of how he sought to disciple and nurture the church. Paul is a role model that we can follow as we think of the lifelong calling to love and pray for our children. Our children, by God’s grace, can become our brothers and sisters in Christ, and by our nurturing love, can become our life long friends.
That is the delightful path God asks us to follow as parents to those children that He gives as our heritage from the Lord. To see this love that can be felt lived out and described, think of Paul in I Thessalonians 2.
Usually when I hear the name Paul, I think tough.
- A man so rugged he could hike across some of the most difficult roads of the ancient world (the Taurus Mountains of Turkey).
- A man so fearless that he could get up from being stoned and face a mob that drags him in to get beaten and put into stocks in a dark, inner dungeon.
- A man so strong that he can go for days without food in a sinking ship dashed about on a stormy sea, preaching to the scared silly sailors, the God who wanted to save them.
- A man so dedicated he was willing to lose everything so that he could tell people who had not yet heard, about Christ's love.
And that is just scratching the surface of the incredibly strong, unstoppable dynamo we know as Paul. He could face off without flinching and confront: angry crowds, destructive mobs, mortal enemies, demonized servant girls screaming, angry magistrates, and even 20,000 chanting idol worshippers who wanted his head in Ephesus.
But one picture stays in my mind when I think of Paul’s method. God pulls back the curtain and shows us his secret, in Paul’s first epistle, a personal letter on how he discipled and nurtured believers called I Thessalonians.
Please open to I Thessalonians 2:7-9 and listen to the way Paul communicated love that could be felt. Yes, this rugged, tough, fearless, man’s man was able to communicate love that could be felt.
“But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.”
Paul loved the saints as tenderly and gently as a mother nursing an infant she loved. Paul took pagans to the God of all grace, and saw them saved and nurtured in the ways of the Lord, by his tender love.
Today you and I are part of something big, something grand, something that dwarfs even all our exciting summer vacation plans, or the harsh realities of life that consume us like our broken down cars, wearing out houses, lost jobs, bad health, work pressures, social problems, or even personal loneliness. Today through Jesus Christ, you and I are a part of what God has chosen as His priority in the Universe.
And moms, Titus 2:4 says that God wants you to allow Him to share that second priority He has given you, summed up in one word in the Greek text, philoteknos and it means to be a lover of children.
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