Our family spent some time with Grandma yesterday. She’s a teacher of young learners. She had a list of all the things children should be doing at, my son’s, 2.5 years of age. I happily saw he was past everything in the two to three-year old category, and almost out of the three to four-year old category. I am so proud of him, but there is still so much he has to learn yet before he can go to kindergarten. I wouldn’t think of sending him now…would you? What about to pre-school? Not a chance! He’s still much too young. Good parenting is like leadership, you need to know what the next step is, but also celebrate what they’ve accomplished. I’m going to encourage him every step of the way. Paul used his fatherly skills to help those in his spiritual care in Thessalonians too.
1 Thessalonians 2:10; Ye [are] witnesses, and God [also], how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
The literal translation of holily means devoted, justly is righteously and unblameable is the same. Paul and his men were honest with these people and upfront with the Word yes, but they were also devoted. They devoted themselves to the learning and growth of each person. They watched for signs of maturation.
Now, any leader will admit he’s run across cases, where all the signs of hunger are there, but not the action to back them up. True hunger in someone comes from when they take the initiative and learn for themselves about God. When it is presented to them like Paul presented it, on a silver platter, do they take and apply what they’ve learned? As leaders what is your next step when you find the hunger?
2:11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father [doth] his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
Paul exhorted them, comforted them, and charged each on of them. Exhorted is another word for encouraged.
There is a great tenderness documented here. We catch a glimpse of the heart God has for his kids. If He is this tender and patient in teaching them, think of the contrast when someone threatens their happiness, or their lives. Your father in heaven loves you with a fierce and protective love. If you are dealing with something painful, take it to Him. Let God make it all better.
God bless you today!