It is interesting to point out that Paul abstained from marriage. Since he was not married, then he would not have had any children. But we can see in Paul’s ministry, he imitated the Heavenly Father as a dear child (Eph 5.1). Paul truly fathered God’s children in the way God desired: “[God] seeks godly offspring” (Mal 2:15).
- Paul preached the word of God and when people believed, in a sense, he begot children: “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 Cor 4:15)
- After Paul begot these children, he would be constantly be concerned for them: “besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.” (2 Cor 11:28)
- Paul’s concern was that they should be presented and accepted by Christ, as a father presents the daughter to her husband: “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” (2 Cor 11:2)
We can see Paul was a faithful steward to the Lord because he treated with fatherly care those whom God had entrusted to him. So let us preach to more people, be concerned for those who are born again and are indeed God’s precious children, and without hesitancy, guide them to the Lord’s heart to obey the truth, so that they will also have the spiritual yearning that is in us:
I sought the one I love… (Song 3:1)
When I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go… (Song 3.4)
Therefore, if as fathers we strive in these three manners, when we breathe our last, we know the children will be under Christ’s wings and we will one day see them rejoicing with us. Amen.