Do you want to be a great mom or dad? Did you know that one of the clearest New Testament teachings on your job description is found in First Thessalonians 2?
First Thessalonians 2 is where the Apostle Paul is reminding the believers in Thessalonica the character and quality of his gospel ministry when he was with them. In describing himself and his ministry, Paul draws on common everyday illustrations to ensure the relevance of his teaching—in other words, he connected what he was saying to their life circumstances so they could relate to what he was saying. He did not make angelic or heavenly comparisons, rather he said he was like a mother and like a father because people got it. In doing this, he records the truth for us 2,000 years later of what a mother and a father are to be to their children.
What does God’s Word have to say about being a MOM? “But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers” (1 Thessalonians 2:7-10).
Ladies, do you have any questions on what the Bible says about the character and quality of a mother? If so, I encourage you to study this passage, get together and discuss.
What does God’s Word have to say about being a DAD? “You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:10-12).
Gentlemen, do you have any questions on what the Bible says about the character and quality of a father? If so, I encourage you to study this passage, get together and discuss.
Let me emphasize real quick verse 10, the hinge verse, which applies to both mom and dad: be models of holy, righteous and blameless conduct before your children. A majority of learning happens in modeling (setting the example)—your children become more of what they see you to be than what you tell them to be.
Children learn about God and how to worship and be a Christian by watching you; they learn how to date, interact with the opposite sex, and how to be married by watching their parents relate; they learn how to raise and discipline their future children by how you parent them; they learn how to communicate and do conflict resolution; how to deal with their worries and anxieties; they learn proper standards of hygiene and nutrition, sleep and healthy lifestyles; most everything they learn by watching you and learning from your example.
Does it matter than how you live? YES! I have heard many a parent say, “I taught them better than that.” Did you? Did you model for them better than that? Because that is where the rubber meets the road in parenting! So, watch not only your parenting, but watch your life…
What Paul once used as an easy to understand relevant illustration is now a radical teaching about parenting to a world that has lost its standards because it has turned its back on God’s Truth as the standard for being human! I exhort the Christians reading this to help the men and women of God to return to God’s Word. God has wisdom for us in every aspect of our life.
Turn back to the B.I.B.L.E. for your life—it is God’s Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth!
Whose job descriptions are you following?