by Johnny Hunt

A Look into the Heart of a Mother
Johnny Hunt
1 Thessalonians 2:7-9

INTRODUCTION: As far back as I can remember, my mother did everything for me. In February 1985, Bessie Mae Oxendine Hunt died of congestive heart failure, however, her heart never failed me. In 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul speaks of a mother's influence and also her inspiration. It has been said that everything rises or falls on leadership. Using the mother as a model, Paul raises the expectation of the spiritual leader.

Scripture offers leadership by example and direct instruction on the subject of spiritual leadership. Effective spiritual leadership is a combination of character and activity. Who you are and what you do. In verses 1-6 Paul presented the exemplary leadership virtues of Paul's inner life; tenacity, integrity, authority, accountability and humility. Now in verses 7-10 he views the outward function of the divinely approved spiritual leader. In order to display these functions, Paul uses a metaphor (analogy).

EXAMPLE: ''It's raining cats and dogs.''

A word or phrase for one thing that is used to refer to another thing in order to show or suggest that they are similar.

Paul chose to use the most intimate, compelling metaphors of a mother to illustrate the primary kinds of spiritual care a leader must provide for people.

This passage uses the Mother's love and care to speak of a Spiritual Leaders (Pastor) love and care for the church and the gospel.

You see this again in Galatians 4:19.

Galatians 4:19: ''My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you,''

He pictured himself as a mother who first labored to give birth and then, as it were, labored longer to bring her children to spiritual maturity.

In 1 Corinthians 4:15 he pictures himself as a spiritual father.

1 Corinthians 4:15-16: ''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 th ...

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