We have a little sister,
And she has no breasts;
What shall we do for our sister
On the day when she is spoken for?
Song of Songs 8:8 NASB
When the Groom spoke of His bride’s breasts earlier in the song, He spoke in terms of their beauty and symmetry. This is not what the bride is concerned with here.
No breasts, in this context has to do with the inability to nurture. The bride has those in her sphere of influence who look to her as mentor, or teacher. They look up to her as a role model. These disciples of hers are not mature enough as yet to make their own disciples.
Her own progress from young maid to mature bride was quite a journey. She’s come through fear and failure, discouragement and persecution. Now her heart’s desire is to bring others to full maturity, marked by their own ability to bring life to others.
Dawson Trotman, the founder of the Navigators, wrote a booklet called “Born to Reproduce.” The subtitle of this document is “A Passionate Call to Maturity, Spiritual Reproduction and Spiritual Parenting to Help Fulfill The Great Commission.” You can read it here.
It may sound down right darwinian, and there is so much more to the new birth than just reproduction. But at some level, reproduction is our big purpose.
The subtitle make clear that it’s not just babies we want. We don’t really just want to make baby christians who make baby christians. We want to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples.
I have the deep joy of being a dad. I didn’t think there could ever be a greater joy than having kids and seeing them laugh and play (aka bicker and whine?)
Now my baby is twenty-one, and my oldest has a baby of his own. I’ve learned of the greater joy. Seeing your baby’s become mature adults, living their own life, starting their own families.
I was made for this.
And that’s the heart of the Bride of Christ. I want to see my spiritual children come to a place where they can raise their own brood.
Walk in the blessing God has poured out on you.