After Solomon and the 12 tribes split, there was a common thread. Jeroboam built an altar that caused Israel to sin. Thereafter. it was said of the succeeding kings: he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam…who made Israel sin.
We need to strategically plan to not carry on the sins of the generations before us. Paul wrote about this in 2 Corinthians 12:14. It says, “…For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.”
The context was his spiritual children in the church at Corinth. 1 Corinthians 4:15 says, “For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul said, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” Jesus had 12 disciples. They multiplied themselves. Acts 1:15 says that there were about 120 disciples. Acts 2:41 says that about three thousand souls were added in one day.
What are you leaving your physical and spiritual children? I noticed as I read about the two prophets, Elijah and Elisha, they were called ‘my father.’ Discipleship is a one on one ministry. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 says, “But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.”
Discipleship requires parenting skills. Paul used both parental characteristics of a father and mother. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” The children of Israel turned to other gods which kept them ensnared.
Every believer has a responsibility to the gospel. We are called to make disciples. That means that we have to invest into another’s heart. When we fail to fulfill this responsibility, we will turn to emotional fillers which cannot profit.
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” Thoughts. Everything in our lives revolves around our thoughts. I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to show you who He wants you to disciple.