Spiritual Leaders Like Good Mothers and Fathers

The image of a spiritual leader in the church is not a CEO but a good mother and father.  Someone worthy to imitate and follow.  1 Thess. 2:7-8, 11-12 says,

Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

What a great reminder that leadership is really about loving people and sharing your life with people as you point people to the gospel.  More could be said, but let's not forget the image of a gentle mother and an encouraging father as we strive to be spiritual leaders for others.