Here’s what has been on my mind the last few days…
Actually, let me give you 2 bits of information that help make sense of what I’ve been thinking on.
#1: I began reading a book called Gospel Coach. In this book, it talks about the biblical & practical need of raising up new leaders…and how the church should be where this takes place. It has been very good…I recommend ministers give it a read if you’re looking for something to encourage you to invest in your leaders.
#2: I have been thinking about Baby Cobb a lot. Baby Cobb is due to be born in October & I’m thrilled to meet this new Cobb. I think about everything I want to teach my child. I try to go through every allegiance that I want my child to share with me (OU, New York Mets, Q’doba). I think about all the books that I want to read with Baby Cobb. I wonder what the first word or phrase will be for Baby Cobb (I’m hoping it is, “Faith Alone”). I start to think about Baby Cobb’s talents & passions…and I can’t help but hope that Baby Cobb has Heather’s musical ability. I really am praying that Baby Cobb will have deep affections for Christ. It has been a joyful time of thinking about the possibilities for this little human being that I’ve yet to meet.
So with that context, I arrived at this thought: Someone will teach Baby Cobb.
Although Heather & I will definitely be instructing our child…there will be other voices that they hear. There will be others that speak & Baby Cobb will listen. So I want those voices to be careful & wise. I want those voices to be full of passion & joy. I want those voices to be true to Scripture.
The bottom line is this…I want Baby Cobb to not only hear from Heather & me about gospel & all its beauty…I want others who will lovingly, carefully, strategically, joyfully & consistently share these truths as well! There is no doubt that I have a responsibility to unpack the truths of the Bible with my child…I should teach them about the seriousness of sin for example. But I also want Baby Cobb to have people point to the greatness & holiness of God. I want Sunday School teachers to speak confidently to Baby Cobb about the goodness of God in what Christ has done to rescue sinners.
So how will all this happen?
#1: Through Christians that Know & Love the Truth…look at what Paul said to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2.
“…What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
Paul says that it is important for Timothy to not only hold on to the truth, but to pass this truth along to others SO THAT they will pass it along to others. So if this is the case…then here’s a few things to consider:
-Do you know the truth of the gospel yourself?
-If you do know the truth of the gospel, are you passing it along intentionally to others?
#2: Through Christians that will Adorn the Truth…here’s what Paul said in Philippians 4:9.
“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me–practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
And when Paul writes to Titus, he wraps up a section on how the gospel shapes various people with this little statement in Titus 2:10.
“…So that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.”
Paul tells the Philippian church to follow his example, all of it…what they heard him say, what they saw do…practice those things. That’s a serious statement. How can he make that statement? Because he is doing what he writes to Titus: he is “adorning” the doctrine of God. The truth has taken deep root in his life. So with that in mind, ask yourself…
-What would it look like for you to “adorn the doctrine of God our Savior”?
-How can you encourage other Christians to not settle for anything less in their personal lives than adorning the truth of God?
I’m telling you…it is a crazy thought…but someone will teach Baby Cobb. Let’s make sure the next generation receives the truth of Scripture from Christians that know, love & adorn these truths.