I was nineteen, working as a dishwasher in a small-town restaurant, and wondering what was going to become of me. Then Debbie, one of my employers, shared with me how she came to know Jesus and what he did in her life.
Something in my heart was triggered. After work, Debbie and I prayed together and I placed my trust and my life in Christ. I had gone through the motions before, at things like Vacation Bible School, but this time was different; this time was real.
Debbie, in a way, was my spiritual parent. She helped me come to Christ. But she also knew that she couldn’t disciple me, so, in a way, she gave me up for adoption the very next day. She had Pastor Lynn Holm come to the restaurant and sit down with me and talk.
Pastor Lynn encouraged me to start reading the Bible and to confess my sins quickly when I committed them. He also invited me to have private Bible study with him. For the first year of my Christian walk, I spent time with Lynn, both in his office and also in his wood shop making things.
Lynn was my spiritual father, or, as we’re more apt to say today, he was my mentor. Here in our text today, we discover that Paul was the spiritual father to the Corinthian Christians. He was God’s instrument in bringing them to Christ, and a mentor to them during their first formative months of being Christians.