My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Parents save up for your children
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.
(2 Corinthians 12:14 NASB)
I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?
(2 Corinthians 12:15 NASB)
Paul was talking here in a spiritual and physical sense. He was
going to come and visit his spiritual children in Corinth for the third
time and he wanted to make sure that they understood that he was not
coming to be a burden on them. Why? Because he was their spiritual
father and as such, it was his responsibility to care for them, and not
for them to care for him. He was ready to give out all that he had for
them because of his deep love for those children.
As human parents we know what it's like to want to do everything we
possibly can for our children. Parents sacrifice for their children.
They give up selfish wants and desires to give their children the very
best that they can. They make sure their children are well-clothed and
well-fed. They sacrifice for them to be educated and they love them
with all their hearts! At least, that is God's intention. Sadly, I'm
afraid that we live in a day and age where there are parents who don't
put the best interest of their children first. Somehow this idea has
become distorted and there is the idea that the children are there to
care for the parents, even from a young age. When did all of this get
turned around? Could it possibly be because we don't have our spiritual
house in order? When we love God and then love others, it means that
we put our family in front of ourselves. It means that we would do just
about anything for those children, if it were in their best interest.
Why? Because we love them so very much. As God's children this is the
kind of parent we are called to be -- to do everything that we can to
take care of our children.
Within the spiritual realm we are also to have children. God places
people along our paths that need him and we have the blessed opportunity
to become spiritual parents to them. We are to love them and lead them
and not be a burden to them. Being a spiritual parent takes time and
energy, but it also has eternal rewards, and along the way we will learn
things about a hurting and needy world that we would never have
imagined. And like the Apostle Paul we are to be spent and expended for
Finally, If we walk with the Lord, we will have children -- either
physical and/or spiritual. It is our responsibility to care for them.
If we are to care for them, we need to save up for them, and not they
for us. That means that I must be learning and drawing closer to God on a
daily basis so that I have something to give to those children placed
into my life. I am not to be a spiritual drag on any of them, but
instead, I am to be a spiritual lift up to them. For me to be a good
parent spiritually, I have to feed my own soul spiritually. May we
never think that it is the children who need to be saving up for the
Lord, please help me to be the kind of spiritual parent that I need to be and to be dependent upon you for all things. Amen.