“You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything is coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” ~2 Corinthians 3:2-6
How often do we hear or read how impressionable our children are? How the impact we have will be for their lifetime? how what we do will teach or how we parent will influence their life choices as adults? and in Christian circles, it’s followed up with some point about how to raise Christian kids that won’t leave the faith or won’t rebel or some other horrible picture of losing your kids to the world. I think every mother deep inside battles these thoughts – I know I do.
But what is truth? As a believer walking in the Gospel, I can see that fear has no place and worry should not be cultivated. So how am I to walk as a mom? I want more than anything for my children to walk in truth (3 John v4), and like Paul in Gal 4:19 “my little children, for whom I am again in anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.” I truly can get emotional thinking about how much I want my kids to follow Jesus.
My children are my letters, they will speak to future generations and a legacy will go forth from me. But not written by me, written by the Spirit of the Living God! My confidence in parenting comes from this – verse 4&5: “such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves (nope definitely not, prove that daily around here!) to claim anything is coming from us (not anything good or admirable about my kids/family that people praise, none of their achievements ) but our sufficiency is from God.” He has made me sufficient to be his minister of the new covenant – to be his hands and feet and mouth to tell of the Gospel to my little letters, to write on each of them His great love, His grace, His awesome power and glory, His righteousness.
When I embrace, bank on, rely on my sufficiency coming from Him, the Spirit within me, I can rest in the peace of knowing He Is At Work writing these letters through me.