Posts Tagged ‘children’

verse 14: “Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.”

Paul here is reminding the Corinthians that he does not and has not been a burden to them; this was part of his “defense” against his accusers in the Corinthian church. He used the analogy that children are not responsible for saving up for parents, but parents are for children.

I felt God draw me to this verse, I believe, because of this analogy. We live in a world today, in which children sometimes have to care for invalid or aging parents. Now that is okay; family should look after family. But Paul is referring to the natural legacy that parents provide to children…not just financial but the inheritance of life lived in faith to God. I’ve worked with kids in our church that get saved before their parents do. Parents are to be the leaders in their homes, and that means spiritually as well. It is the order God intended when he created parents and children; that parents teach and lead their children.

If you are a parent, are you being a spiritual leader in your own home today?

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verse 20: “Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be babes, but in your thinking be mature.”

There is a phrase that goes something like this: “Experience is the best teacher.” There is some truth to that. Just like a chameleon changes color to blend into its environment, it can be extremely hard to stay holy in a sinful world by yourself. Unless you immerse yourself in study of the Bible, and prayer, and fellowship/corporate worship with other Christians, it can be very hard to resist the pressures of this world (Remember, there are no Lone Ranger Christians, as a pastor once put it).

The Lord Jesus set this example Himself…at times during His earthly ministry, He would withdraw from the crowds to pray and to have time with the Father.

Our physical muscles don’t grow strong simply by eating right; we need activity to develop and use those muscles. Likewise, our spiritual muscles need development and growth too. God gave us the instruction book for life in the Holy Bible; make sure you read those instructions more than just “once in a while”.

Its’ something I need to remind myself daily!

Have a blessed day!

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