Honoring Our Spiritual Fathers
With Father’s Day approaching, most people are thinking of ways to honor the fathers in our lives. Although our real fathers, brothers, and husbands are the ones we celebrate, this year let’s find a way to acknowledge our spiritual fathers as well. Spiritual fathers play a critical role in keeping us in tune with our Holy Father. We often turn to them for guidance, encouragement, support, and advice as we go through our day to day lives. The idea of the spiritual father dates back to biblical days and the Bible provides several examples of the role of the spiritual fathers in the lives of Christians. Through John the Baptist who led many to baptism and prepare the way for Jesus and the Apostle Paul who provided a foundation for Timothy and Titus, among others who followed his ministry. Some may ask, what are some characteristics of spiritual fathers in today’s world.
Teach, then model
Throughout the Bible, God taught his word, then modeled his ideologies through his son Jesus Christ. Jesus always led by example, he was a teacher and a role model as to how to live the Christian life. A spiritual father plays the same part in our lives. They effectively teach us how the bible translates into our lives as we attempt to walk in faith. As God is our protector and provider, the spiritual father also protects and provides keeping our best interest in mind and guiding your biblical purpose.
A spiritual father intercedes on your behalf. Their role is to hold your arms up when you may not be capable of doing it yourself and to keep you uplifted in prayer. These fathers speak into your life and encourage you to be who Christ has called you to be. They provide support when you are feeling defeated, advice when you are not sure which way to go and encouragement when you just need a little push to get back on track. They exhort you to be the best person you can be and helps to keep your focus on the Lord’s purpose for your life.
Open and Honest
The role of the spiritual father is not always an easy one. It can be difficult and emotionally draining as they are constantly being pulled on for support. When we get off-track in our faith walk, the spiritual father serves as a disciplinarian. They let us know where we may have gone wrong and corrects us when it is needed. The Apostle Paul had to take on the same task. In 1 Corinthians 4:18, Paul suggests that the people of Corinth have become arrogant in their ways and calls them out for their behavior, yet he approaches it with “love and a gentle spirit.” There are times when we need someone to tell us where we have gone wrong; to show us how our actions may not be aligned with what God wants for our lives and to get us back on the right track.
Missions of Success encourages you to connect with God and one another. Connect with us today if you need help honoring your spiritual fathers at firstname.lastname@example.org.