Spiritual Lessons From Parenthood

On June 16, 2017, the Lord blessed my wife and I with a beautiful baby girl. I am only 5 months in but Fatherhood has brought my theology to life. Parenting has given me several spiritual insights I thought I would share.

The Love of God

My little girl can’t do much but I love her so much. She is unable to walk or talk in intelligible speech. This is how God sees us. God has to do everything for us. He has to wake us up. He has to give us strength. He has to guide us. Literally, we can’t do much but he loves us.

ButGod, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—

Ephesians 2:4-5

The Cleansing Power of God

In the early months of my daughter’s life, she made a lot of messes. She laid around and filled her pamper with poop. She sat in her own mess until we cleaned her up. After salvation, we still make some sinful messes. At times we just sit in our sin. But no matter how sinful the mess we are sitting in God can clean us up.

Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Isaiah 1:18 

The Ear of God

Every time my daughter cries we run to her rescue. It doesn’t matter if it is early in the morning or late at night. Every cry is taken seriously. God hears each cry of his children. God inclines his ear to us no matter what time it is. He takes our cries seriously.

The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. Psalm 34:15

Sanctification

Each day my daughter is growing and learning new skills. She has recently learned how to spit and roll over. She bumps her head sometimes, but she continues to advance. She needs our assistance because she doesn’t comprehend her limitations. This is similar to our walk with Jesus every day we are learning how to be more like Jesus. Somedays are better than others, but we continue to advance. Our walk with Jesus is not ideal so we get frustrated. There are sins we believe we should be done with. We need his help to walk with Jesus because we don’t understand our limitations.

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

(Matthew 18:3-4) 

 

Photo by Benji Aird on Unsplash

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