Labor Pains

Here is an interesting excerpt from Galatians 5 that I read this morning.

19My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you,

Paul is stressing that he is actively involved in the process of helping the Galatians to become mature Christians.  It is part of his calling and not something he is taking lightly.  Couple this along with a quote I read about the Christian journey is one of leadership…meaning we are to be actively building into the lives of others so that they can become the full expression of who God created them to be.

And the questions I asked myself this morning is this:

Who am I laboring for?  Do I act more like a parent or a child?

Can we identify someone(s) in our life that we are actively birthing?  If so, how are things going?  If not, perhaps it is time to start praying for God to bring us to someone who we can walk alongside. I believe that the world becomes a much different place if each Christ follower would take a real interest in another person whether they be another believer or someone who does not proclaim faith in Christ.  God will honor and work through our obedience and faithfulness to this calling I am certain.

Who are you birthing?

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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