A Word To The Single, The Childless, And The Barren

girls-god-talk“For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.” – Galatians‬ ‭4:27‬ ‭

Did you know that the number one God ordained goal, priority, purpose, and job of a parent is to minister to and disciple their children? From the day they are conceived onward your mandate from God is to teach, instruct, direct, and correct them in the path of righteousness, in faith, in the understanding of Jesus Christ, in discipline and selflessness, and in obedience to the voice of God. It is not a trivial calling, but a great gift and responsibility for which all who have been given it will one day stand before the thrown of God and have to give an account of what they did with it. Just as we will have to give an account for every gift and calling God entrust us with in this life.

However, what of those who have no children? The single person, the widow, the childless, or the barren? Are they exempt from this weighty yet rewarding task? No. In fact, it maybe that God has entrusted them with it in even greater measures then they will ever fully understand this side of glory. You see, while the physical mother or father is tasked with ministering to, teaching, and discipling their physical children daily, those with no physical children of their own are still called to be spiritual mothers and fathers to spiritual children. They are to use their time not spent changing diapers to help the lost change their filthy garments for robes of righteousness. Time not spent preparing bottles and school lunches should be spent preparing the milk and meat of the word for their spiritual children in devotions, lessons, messages, and counsel. Time not spent mending cuts, scrapes, and bruises should be spent mending hearts, hopes, and discouragements.

There are many spiritual orphans in desperate need of someone willing to take them in, teach, instruct, disciple, direct, and correct them as they grow in faith and in understanding. Yet there are so few with the willingness and capacity to step up and take them in under their wing. Don’t waste your single or barren years focusing on how to escape them, but rather focus on how to best use them before the season changes and you miss this great opportunity to be a mother to the motherless and a father to the fatherless. Even if it is only in a spiritual capacity, what greater opportunity, blessing, and mandate could you ever ask or hope for?

While the mother or father may stand before God at the end of their days and say, “Lord look upon my children and how they serve You.” The spiritual mother or father will stand before God at the end of their days and say, “Lord look at my many spiritual children and how they serve You.” So you see, not having kids doesn’t exclude you from having children, nor from the gift, calling, mandate, and duty to disciple them.

“For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.” – Galatians‬ ‭4:27‬ ‭

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” – 3 John‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭

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