The mother of the ancient Greek
philosopher Socrates was a midwife. So Socrates grew up observing that
she assisted women in bringing new life into the world. This experience
later influenced his teaching method. Socrates said, “My art of
midwifery is in general like theirs; the only difference is that my
patients are men, not women, and my concern is not with the body but
with the soul that is in travail of birth.”
Instead of just
passing information on to his students, Socrates used the sometimes
painful process of asking probing questions to help them arrive at
their own conclusions. Teaching them to think seemed at times like the
travail of childbirth.
Paul expressed a similar idea in
discipling believers in the faith when he said, “My little children,
for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you” (Gal.
4:19). Paul was concerned that each believer grow to spiritual maturity
in Christlikeness (Eph. 4:13).
Becoming like Christ is a lifelong
experience; therefore, we need patience with others and ourselves. All
of us will have challenges and disappointments along the way. But if we
put our trust in Him, we’ll grow spiritually and have character
qualities that will radiate new life. — Dennis Fisher
Lord, help us see how much we need each other
As we walk along the Life’s way;
In fellowship with sister and with brother,
You will keep us growing day by day. —Hess
Conversion is the miracle of a moment; maturing takes a lifetime.