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Barnabas Piper offers the prayer of many platform seekers.
See, once upon a time I thought of the gospel as a moment in time decision that had eternal implications. And while that may be true, if that’s all you ever see the gospel as, then you are falling radically short of approaching the fullness of its implications. Jesus likened believing the gospel to being born again. That is to say, belief in the gospel causes such a profound change in the life of an individual that you can only liken it to starting over, but this time with a new heart. New tastes. New desires. New priorities. And so on. That newness that comes as a result of new birth in Christ trickles down into every area of life, including our parenting.
Honoring our parents has lifelong ramifications. Although there are circumstances where obeying this verse becomes impossible (parents die, they are abusive, they abandon their children etc.) we are called to honor them. So here are some ways we can apply this verse as adult children.
Missional motherhood is not just for women who’ve physically given birth or for those who’ve adopted children born from the body of another. Every single Christian woman is called to make disciples of all nations. We all must labor, prayerfully expecting God to mercifully grant people new birth in Christ. Since Jesus is worthy to receive worship from the image bearers he’s created, every human being is worthy of our effort in this endeavor of discipleship.
In this sense, no Christian woman is child-free.
I hear stories like that and I think to myself, “man, is that doctrine really worth your life? Is it really worth losing your family over?” After all, isn’t this what we would call a secondary or even tertiary doctrine? It would have been so easy for them to have just shut their mouths, call it a non-essential and went about their merry way preaching Jesus and reforming churches.
Then I remember Elijah.
Seminary students, take note.
We are adequate in our evangelism only in the way a shovel is adequate to dig a ditch, or a dust pan is adequate to hold what is swept off the floor, or a microphone is adequate to stir a crowd. We fit the occasion and have our place, but the “doing” of it is by God.