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“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

Psalm 127: 3 King James Version

There are some people who are unable to conceive and have children. I received an email last year from a lady who said that she couldn’t have children and asked me if she was being punished for something she had done in the past. I replied and told her that when we confess our sins to Jesus, He puts them under His precious atoning blood and never remembers them again. That doesn’t mean that He has a poor memory. It means He chooses not to hold them against us.

All of us who claim to be a Christian have the responsibility and privilege of birthing spiritual children. There are many people right in our neighborhoods who are lost and on their way to an eternity without Jesus and without any hope. God has given us the mandate to love them to Jesus through our words and actions. We then become their spiritual parents and we are to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). It is not enough to lead them to Jesus. We must disciple them by taking them out to eat, inviting them over for a meal, having Bible study with them and praying for and with them.

I have seen this happen over and over again in churches. People walk down the aisle during the invitation time and invite Jesus into their hearts to be their personal Saviour but then they are left alone. Yes, there is usually a weekly visitation and follow up call but that is not the same as being with them on a daily basis and becoming their friend. It’s like watching your children take their first step and then leaving them alone to walk without any more supervision or being there to pick them up when they fall.

Have you led someone to Jesus? Are you a spiritual parent? Have you placed them on the pillow of love, Jesus, and prayed for them? Do they see the difference that Jesus can make in your life by your words and actions? Does what you say and what you do draw them to Jesus or does it turn them away from Him? How many spiritual children have you given to Jesus?

Joanne Lowe
February 15, 2007

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