The Concerned Father

The story is told about a Spanish father and son who had become estranged. The son ran away, and the father tried to find him. He searched to no avail. Finally, in a last desperate effort to find him, the father put an ad in a Madrid newspaper. The ad read: “Dear Paco, meet … More

Father

This passage gives us a beautiful example of New Testament follow-up. Paul shows us how to raise baby Christians. He considered himself a “spiritual father” to the believers at Thessalonica. Paul, Silas and Timothy not only told the Christians at Thessalonica how to live, they showed them how to live. Paul points out three of his duties as the spiritual father:

  1. His work (v. 9). The father works to support his family. Paul made tents and paid his own way even though the Christians at Philippi sent financial help (Phil. 4:15-16).
  2. His walk (v. 10). The father lives as a good example to his children.
    1. His life was holy - To fulfill the duties God gives.
    2. His life was righteous - Refers to integrity, uprightness and behavior.
    3. His life was blameless - Couldn’t level any charges and prove it.
  3. His words (vv. 11-12). The father teaches the family members how to live.
    1. Paul dealt with each of the believers personally (v. 11).
    2. Paul encouraged (exhorted) the new believers (v. 11).
    3. Paul comforted them which not only made them feel better but to do better (v. 11).
    4. Paul charged them which means he testified to them out of his own experience (v. 11).

The purpose of this fatherly ministry was that his children (new believers) might “walk worthy of God” (v. 12). Paul ministered to them in a personal way because he was teaching them how to walk.  If we follow these principles we will be able to share the gospel with many people.

Application

Just as I have tried to provide for my children physically, mentally and spiritually I need to look for new believers that I can take under my wing until they are spiritually prepared to stand alone.

I Thessalonians 2:9-12 (English Standard Version)

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. 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.

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