Grandpahood is Great!
Thursday, February 18, 2010 Comments (0)
Jackie and I are grandparents again and we like it! Eliana Grace Bruss was born on January 20th to Abbie and Adam Bruss, our daughter and son-in-law. The birth of Ellie was miraculous. Ellie was anxious to be born. She was so anxious that she started her exit at 23+ weeks. Due to the prayers of many people and certain procedures, Ellie was forced to wait until she was 36 weeks. Ellie was anxious to be born until the day she was scheduled to be born. That day she took her time. Again the Lord intervened. As the doctors were planning to prep Abbie for a C-section, Ellie was born. The birth process resulting in an emerging new life was amazing. I am looking forward to spending time with Ellie in the years to come and watching her grow.
This episode in my life has reminded me that I ought to be as excited over seeing people born in the kingdom of God. I have opportunities every day to become a spiritual parent to people all around me as I witness their spiritual birth. As exciting as it is to see our granddaughter born into this world, I can’t wait until she is born again. A parent’s responsibility does not end at the birth of their child. The birth is just the beginning. Parents are to insure the healthy growth of their child. As we introduce people to Jesus and they are saved, we are responsible to help them and encourage them to grow; to grow into disciples of Christ who will be spiritual parents themselves one day.
Just as God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, the same command is appropriate for us. As Christians, we should be fruitful and multiply our spiritual children. Have you been a part of birthing anyone into the Kingdom? We will provide spiritual Lamaze (natural childbirth) classes that will assist you in the process.
One day when I get to heaven, I hope to encounter many spiritual children that I have introduced to Christ. How about you?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Comments (0)
As Christians, we are to model our lives after the Lord Jesus. The Bible says, “Jesus who is from Nazareth--how God did anoint him with the Holy Spirit and power; who went through, doing good, and healing all those oppressed by the devil, because God was with him.”(Acts 10:38)
There are opportunities to do good all around us, i.e. at church, at work, in your neighborhood, etc. Paul reminds us of the rewards of well-doing in Galatians 6:9-10. He writes, “But we should not lose heart in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not faint. So then as we have time, let us work good toward all, especially toward those of the household of faith.” Did you notice the one condition? Paul said, “if we do not faint.” That is a big “if”. It is no wonder that he encouraged the members of the church in Thessalonica, “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.” (2 Thessalonians 3:13)
In truth however, we do grow weary. What is one to do? The solution is found in Isaiah 40. “Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow weak nor weary? There is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the weary; and to him with no vigor; He increases strength. Even the young shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; but those who wait on Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31) God gives power to the weary! However, we must wait before God until we receive it. Here is the maxim. When you are weak and weary, wait before you work. One reason you may be weak and weary is that you have neglected your time with the Lord. The promise from the Lord is that when you are weak and weary, if you will wait on the Lord, you will mount up with the wings as eagles.
Stop what your doing and be sure you spend enough time waiting on the Lord to empower you. It will pay off in “due season.”