1 Corinthians 4:15-16 says, “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.” The matter of imitation was of such importance to God’s programme that Apostle Paul sent Timothy to bring the Corinthian Church into remembrance of his (Paul’s) ways. The following are key lessons from today’s passage:
i.DO NOT HAVE MANY FATHERS. There must be a few men in your life whose words and manner of life is more than just a nice teaching but life examples.
ii.Each one of us must come to a place in our walk with God that we make a distinction between MANY INSTRUCTORS AVAILABLE AND THE FEW FATHERS WE NEED. This is because there will be more instructors in Christ than fathers in Christ.
iii.You can have several instructors on the different platforms available today, but it takes more time to develop fathers in the crucible of the Holy Ghost than instructors. Being an instructor is a call but being a father is a PRICE and life-long sacrifice.
iv.Authentic kingdom fathers will be difficult to find but instructors are readily available.
v.You have to be discerning to know who is a father and who is not.
vi.You also need to be led by the Holy Spirit for clarity on “Who is a father to you?” The fact that a person is a father in the Body of Christ does not mean he is a father to you; but you must give them the honour of fathers at all times!
vii.Your own God-given father is the one you are to imitate.
PRAYER: Lord, I ask that You lead me to the kingdom father that You have chosen for me in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Deuteronomy 32:28-52, Luke 12:35-59, Psalm 78:56-64, Proverbs 12:24