Paul had lead these people to Salvation. He had prayed for, taught, warred in the Spirit for these people. He was their Spiritual Father. But now prompted by the Holy Spirit, he was headed to Jerusalem. He knew difficulties awaited him and he may not ever return to them.
Before he left, he had one last exhortation for his Spiritual children: “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
Paul understood that as teachers, as spiritual mothers and fathers, as parents our job is to lead others to God and give them a hunger for His word, for His message of grace.
His Word will edify and strengthen us. When we know and understand the power and goodness of his grace, we will not be led astray back to the law. We will desire relationship not rules.
His Word gives us an inheritance in Him. As we study the word of God, we establish a history of grace, a history of testimonies, a history of faithfulness. We cultivate a legacy of faith that we can pass on to our children and our children’s children.
This message of grace sanctifies us. Paul wrote, “Grace teaches us to say no to unrighteousness.”
My job as a teacher, as a parent, as a spiritual mom is to lead people to a greater revelation of God’s love and give them a hunger for His word.