As a professor, it was my job to incubate a love of learning and to encourage students that they could achieve and be all that God created them to be. As an incubator, I nurtured young minds to see the world as a place in which they were expected to make a difference, rather than comprehend it as people who owed them something simply because they had been born. I worked diligently to find the materials that helped promote citizenship, tolerance of difference, and self-love.
As a Christian blogger, my job is similar, meaning to foster, or incubate, in people a love for God and a love for others, mainly through the use of stories and the precious word of God. Through stories that demonstrate the reality of the power of God’s word and of His actions on my behalf, I seek to convince people of their need to allow God dominion and rule in their own lives. Yet, I understand that while I may lay the foundation for faith in my blog posts, it is God who ultimately touches the hearts of people and draws them to Him, hatching in them a belief in the reality of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and of His divine work on the Cross at Calvary.
I believe that faith in God has to be nurtured in human beings, meaning that someone has to be willing to help people to understand who God is and how He works in the lives of us all. We have to be willing to develop in unbelievers a trust in God, through their reading of the triumphs and failures of our lives. In this way, we spawn comprehension of the compassion and love of God for all of mankind, a love that encourages us to love Him and to love each other (Matthew 22:36-40).
We do not enter the world instinctively knowing about loving God or even ourselves; therefore, someone has to teach us how and why to do both. Normally, learning to love self and others, including God and Jesus Christ, begins at home, but so many people, like myself, did not learn these lessons in our childhood homes. Therefore, we had to depend on someone being willing to incubate this love in us, selflessly and patiently, just as mother and father birds sit patiently waiting for their eggs to hatch.
But notice that, although the parents sit on the eggs wishing and hoping for the eggs to hatch, they cannot make the eggs hatch by themselves. Instead, they must wait until nature runs its course and the appointed time comes for the little bird to hatch. It is the same with us as incubators for the faith of others.
We teach and we give examples of God’s love for us and for others, but their faith only becomes real to them when God draws them to His Son, Jesus Christ. John 6:44-45 states, “For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up. As it is written in the Scriptures, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.” I see it as my job to teach people what God, through the Holy Spirit, lays on my heart to write about in my blog posts.
And the need is so great today to promote a God-is-love mentality into the culture, for we see constant messages of hate in the media and on social media. Hate also has to be incubated and nurtured for it to grow in ways that can hatch destruction, for it divides people into categories and then teaches that one category is superior to the other. Hate also spawns beliefs that if you are not the same as me, then you are dangerous, of less value and worth, and your humanity is questionable.
Hate is ungodly, and the teaching of hatred must be counteracted with messages of love. Those messages must begin with the people who know God best, the Christian bloggers who have seen Him do the miraculous in their lives and in the lives of others, those who comprehend that there is no partiality in God and that God’s unfailing love is for everyone.
Paul said in Romans 10:13-15, “For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!“‘
I believe that Christian bloggers are sent as incubators to the truth of God, and that God calls us to cultivate, nourish, encourage, and promote His love to a dying and broken world, one in which hate too often today seems more likely to be taught that love. But, do not worry about what happens with your blog posts, whether they are successful or not, because, although we incubate, it is God that determines the time when truth will hatch in the hearts of the people who read us.
Remember Pauls’s admonition to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 3: 6-7, “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.” It is the same for incubators of God’s love for humanity. Let our beautiful feet forever be willing to advance the Good News of Jesus Christ our Lord.