My wife and I had been talking about child rearing the past two nights.
And during my devotional time with God, I was reading on one of Paul’s letters, the 1st Corinthians. I was struck by 1 Cor. 3:10 where Paul said, 10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul was one of the Bible characters I truly admired. He was a man of great faith, persevering till the end and really a man of great passion for God and compassion for the lost.
With such character built upon him through the years he served Christ in the mission field, Paul described himself as an expert builder.
Paul was an expert by his own right, consciously building the churches around Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) under one solid foundation—Jesus Christ.
As I pondered on this verse, I zeroed in on two things—expert builder and laying down the right foundation.
In building a family, it requires “expertise”. My wife and I need to be experts in raising our kids—communicating the Biblical values and principles each day. Instead of just laying down the do’s and don’ts, we ought to communicate to Bea (for now since David is still a baby) with love while explaining to her why we discipline her at times.
An expert reaches his “expert” status not by chance, but by cultivating an attitude of learning.
The Apostle Paul was an expert builder in the mission field because he hung around with fellow believers like Barnabas and spent considerable time with the apostles in Jerusalem (Acts 9:27-28) as a new believer.
As a father, I need to continue learning by reading and meditating on God’s word daily, seek godly advice and draw out deep from the wealth of experience of my parents, godparents and even pastors, as well as read books related to family and raising kids.
Of course, the Apostle Paul acknowledged that, “no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Foundation is very important. And the way to building a strong, firm foundation for the future of my kids is by building on the principles and values laid down by Jesus from the Bible, not solely based on traditions and practices handed down by my ancestors.