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Steve Ridenour Ministries

Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone." Mark 16:15

Awaiting A New Birth

Several years ago I was driving to a drilling rig in South Texas, where I was to do some engineering work, and as I was driving I was thinking about the coming birth of my new son, Brandon Nicholas Ridenour, and the excitement that comes with the anticipation of a new family member.  In just a few days another son was to be born into the Ridenour family.  For eight months we have prepared for this wonderful time.  Brandon's siblings have anxiously asked questions of how they will be able to help care for him.  Mom and Dad have prepared for the added financial weight, the added work for Mom, the need for extra space, and all of the other needs that we could think of.

While I was driving, it came to me that God too, waits with the excitement and anticipation of a new birth.  Think about it, God has millions of disciples out planting seeds of the Good News of Jesus Christ.  After each seed is planted, God waits with patient anticipation that those planted seeds will sprout and take root.  God waits for His harvesters, His “fishers of men” to begin reaping that “spiritual harvest.”

John 4:36-38 “…What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!  You know the saying, 'One person plants and someone else harvests.' And it's true, I sent you to harvest where you didn't plant; others had already done the work, and you will gather the harvest.”

Oh how the heavens rejoice with each new birth!  1 John 3:1 “See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children, and we really are!” Just as Brandon's mom and dad, and brothers and sisters, will rejoice and welcome him into the Ridenour family; God, and His family will welcome each new member, each “new birth” that each Christian receives when he is born again into God's family.  1 Peter 1:23 “For you have been born again.  Your new life did not come from your earthly parents because the life they gave you will end in death.  But this new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living Word of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 “What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons.  They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone.  A new life has begun!”

Just as Brandon will rely completely on his parents to provide for him, God expects us to rely completely on Him.  1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.” In the same way that Brandon will be without worry because he will have faith that his mom and dad will give him what he needs, as children of God we are to be without worry because we are to have faith that God, our Heavenly Father, will provide for our many needs.  Our Father provides for the many needs that we as His children may encounter.  Luke 12:28-31 28“And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you?” 29And don't worry about food-what to eat and drink.  Don't worry whether God will provide it for you.  30These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs.  31He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

In the same way that my wife and I, along with our children, will nurture and teach Brandon as he grows and matures, Hebrews 5:12-13 “…you are like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food.  And a person who is living on milk isn't very far along in the Christian life and doesn't know much about doing what is right.” God's children are expected to help care for, and encourage our new Christian brothers and sisters to be learned in the Word of God so that they will grow and mature.  1 Timothy 4:11-12 “Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them… Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

God welcomes His children into His family with rejoice.  We welcome our children into our families with express joy.  We have faith that our Father will provide for our needs, and our children rely on us for their needs.  God through His word teaches His children to grow and mature, and we nurture and teach our children so that they will grow and mature.  Just as we desire the best for our children God desires the best for His children.  When it comes to family and parenting it is apparent that we should seek God's help for guidance.  

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright 1996.  Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189.  All rights reserved.  

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