Of course when I speak of sons I also mean daughters in the Lord as well. If there are true sons, then there are also false sons. The Apostle Paul had both. In this article I want to identify some of the remarkable characteristics of the
father-son relationship that Christ ordained for ministry enhancement.
This message might not be for you. This is a message for people who have a level of maturity in the Lord and the Word to see what I'm talking about and not misconstrue it. If you don't get it, set it on the shelf and pray about it
and read it in a few years.
It takes revelation from the Holy Spirit to understand the role of a Spiritual father and a spiritual son. Not every one is a spiritual father. Not everyone is a true spiritual son or daughter in the Lord. A spiritual father is more than a teacher. He is one that has revelation and wisdom that can mentor you to a higher level of ministry. He can take you where you haven't been. He can teach you things you don't yet know. He has maturity far beyond some young
"whipper snapper." There is nothing wrong with being young in the Lord or
developing in ministry, but when we are at that stage we need to admit and find a spiritual father who can mentor us and counsel us and help us make wise choices. We can learn through mistakes or we can learn through mentorship. I choose the latter. I went through the school of "hard knocks" enough when I was in the world. A spiritual son/daughter needs the wisdom, guidance, counsel and anointing that comes from a spiritual father.
The Apostle Paul said, "For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten
you through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me. (I Cor 4:15, 16).
Facts you need to know about Spiritual Fathers:
1.Spiritual Fathers are excellent examples.
They are examples of integrity, perseverance, faith and longevity. They are the kind of men that can say, "Imitate me" Do what I do. Fight like I fight. Preach like I preach. Persevere like I have persevered. Walk in the same integrity I walk in. They live lives beyond reproach. They are stalwart examples of faithful service, integrity and perseverance. No matter what kind of attack comes against them they just "take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. "They know how to stand. They don't respond to people pleasing or fads in order to draw crowds. They are more focused on pleasing Jesus than pleasing man. They are more concerned about their eternal rewards than their temporal rewards.
2.Spiritual Fathers have wisdom and maturity.
The Apostle Paul made the statement that though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, He was using the Greek Word, boy-leader, i.e. a servant whose office it was to take the children to school; (by implication
[figurative] a tutor [“pædagogue”]) :- instructor, schoolmaster.
*Schoolmasters can teach you about the Lord. But spiritual fathers know
*Teachers can give a good sermon, but spiritual fathers have been living the
sermon for years.
*There are many instructors who can impart knowledge but spiritual fathers impart wisdom.
*The school master may teach, but a spiritual father trains. Training is the oversight to make sure that what is taught is caught and developed.
*Instructors come and instructors go, but a spiritual father will never sever ties with a true son.
*Instructors are concerned about your knowledge, but fathers are concerned about your character.
3.Spiritual Fathers have an anointing to reproduce themselves.
*Just as mature adults can reproduce, mature ministers reproduce.
*You cannot impart what you don't have.
*You cannot take people where you haven't been.
*You cannot reproduce what you are not. Every leader has an anointing. Every
leader has a spiritual DNA. Every leader has a focus and a calling. A person who has never planted a church is not the covering you want if you plan to
plant churches. A person who doesn't move and flow in the gifts of the spirit is not the one you want to sit under if you want to be used in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
*Spiritual fathers can mentor you into ministry.
*Spiritual fathers can impart a higher level of wisdom, and anointing to those
already in ministry.
4.The Father-Son relationship is divinely chosen.
The Holy Spirit orchestrates these divine relationships. Elijah was divinely led to throw his mantle on Elisha. Elisha had to respond and stick with Elijah in
order to receive his spiritual inheritance. Paul was divinely guided to select
Timothy to be his traveling companion and spiritual protégé. And Jesus was led by the Father to select the twelve men who would be his disciples. Both the spiritual father and the spiritual son will know by the Holy Spirit when the
relationship is of God.
5.The Father-Son relationship requires integrity.
It requires a devotion to integrity in relationships to qualify for this revelation. Some "wanna be" sons want the blessings and benefits of being a
spiritual son without the responsibility. A Spiritual Son must be willing to carry the mantle of his spiritual father. A spiritual son really cares about the work
the Lord has his spiritual dad doing. He wants to help the father fulfill the vision and take it to a higher level of excellence and influence. Spiritual sons bring increase.
There is a big difference between a true son and one who is only a son in pretense. I have had both.
6.Some truths about True Sons:
*True sons want what's in the spiritual father's heart. False sons just want what's in the spiritual father's hand.
In other words true sons want the spiritual wisdom the father has to share that can enhance their ministry and catapult them into a greater anointing and effectiveness for Jesus Christ. False sons just want money or the "connections" the spiritual father has.
*True sons will never sever ties with their spiritual fathers. False sons sever ties after they are through using the spiritual father. The true son continues to learn and grow through their spiritual father's ministry and receive their spiritual father's counsel even if they are sent out to plant another church in another city or country or do missions work. I stayed true to my first spiritual father and pastor from the time the Lord gave him to me until he went home to be with Jesus.
*True sons enhance their father's ministry. False sons drain the spiritual father's ministry.
*True sons are teachable and correctable. False sons bow their necks at correction and often leave or sow discord when corrected.
*True sons can be trusted to carry out instructions even when their spiritual father is absent. False sons do their own thing when the spiritual father is not looking.
*True sons honor their spiritual fathers. False sons disrespect the spiritual father.
I hope this message has blessed you. I could write much more on this subject and will someday.
May Christ's blessings abound to you,
Bishop Darrell Ellis
Anointed Word International Fellowship