Today’s Bible reading
1 Corinthians 4:14-17 — “I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.”
More thoughts for meditation
Let’s think about how new followers of Jesus and our children learn the language of faith and find the joy of being who we are in Christ.
“Just as we learn a new language best by immersion in the culture in which it is spoken, so, we believe, are people formed spiritually by an immersion in the culture in which faith is lived in heart and experience. We hang out at the dock where the old sailors are. We watch them on their ships and learn the nautical language which they use as easily as their mother tongue. We listen to their stories and learn the lore that is part of the legacy of the sea. Nothing compares to listening to them describe that which they are exuberantly, passionately in love.
You can learn to speak a foreign language by sitting alone in a room, reciting grammar and memorizing vocabulary cards, but you will never know the rich taste of the language on your tongue until you hear it spoken by others who love the language and speak it with a fluency rich in the experience of their own lives. The way to nurture our lives of faith most deeply is by spending time with experienced and wise mentors who can help us discover the way, to read stories of the great men and women of faith who preceded us in the body of Christ.” — Keith Anderson and Randy D. Reese in Spiritual Mentoring.
Suggestions for action
Take a moment and ask:
Who has created a safe space in which to tell my own story?
Who has already been a mentor for me? Was it a pastor, teacher, authority figure, friend, cell mate or team mate?
How am I culturing a space for others to learn the lore of life in Christ?