Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And thesecond is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40
On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."
Most of what I have experienced of parenting is centered around instruction and correction.Interestingly this is the primary model we seem to experience of leadership in the church today. I am notimplying that instruction and correction are not a part of parenthood or leadership. However whenParenthood is reduced purely to instruction and correction there are some profound missing pieces.
And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.Luke 2:52 NASB
And Jesus matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people.Luke 2:52 MSG
Wisdom and maturity are grown in the safe atmosphere of nurturing love
.I am convinced that we need to continue to seek the Lord for a spirit of revelation about this issue of
Spiritual Fathers and Mothers – this is not an age related calling but rather an awakening to Redemptionthat is lived in a visible Redemptive context – Family.
It could be said that we have a generation of leaders who lead out of an orphaned spirit.
The Orphaned Spirit?
Orphaned Spirit - Is the place where people intentionally avoid close nurture for the safety of control and in
turn use people as a means to get what they want.
IE The car salesman who
greats you as if they really want to know you …. but...you know they don't.
When a person looses the ability to trust in this loving nurtuing enviorment of family - something
fundamentally goes astray in their heart –
they believe they are on their own – orphans!
In these terms? I see a generation of orphaned children in the Church. Many who havegrown and now become leaders in the Church. Leaders who have defined Church as a toolto make life work rather than a family where one can be nurtured and can mature. A place
where instruction is about information – where correction is about conformity. Where
heart formation and relationships have taken a back seat to organization form andfunction.What does Ginomai look like today?
In a Word? LOVE!
The very hinge pin of the law and the prophets – this document that was almost inexhaustable. Jesusdeclares that the very Bulls Eye of its revelation of God – His works and will with man - is in one word– Love!
Interesting is that as a young Bible College student we 4 years of study into the scripture with almost adisdain towards the idea of being so vague as saying God is Love!
And the secret is simply this Christ in you!Yes, Christ in you bringing with Him the hope of all the glorious things to come.Col 1:27b JB Phillips09/21/2012 page1