1 Corinthians 4:15 (NET) For though you may have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, because I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Kaura was facing unending battles and challenges. He knew something was fundamentally wrong spiritually, but he could not place his finger on it. As he continued to seek the Lord to find out where the problem was, the Lord sent a prophet to tell him that he needs to start honoring his father as a thing of necessity. He immediately knew that the Lord wanted him to connect with his father in the Lord who he never really honored. When his father in the Lord started praying for him, things became well with him?
When the Lord said we should not call anyone father, but God (Matt 23:9), there was a context to this statement. In that culture, Father was not just the male parent of a household, but someone considered to be the source and sustainer of the household. So what the Lord is saying is that we should not consider any man to be our source, sustainer, or provider. Only God is our source and sustainer, even though He uses men to help us as He pleases.
The Lord was not banning the use of the word ‘father’ because He is the one who commanded us to honor our fathers and mothers(see Eph 6:1).
Your salvation was not a coincidence, and the person through whom it came to you was not a coincidence either. Just like those through whom God sent us into this world are our fathers (and God approves of this characterization), those through whom we got into the kingdom of God are our fathers or mothers also. I do not mean those who got us to pray the ‘sinner’s prayer’ the very first time we did, I mean those through whom we came to know the Lord in reality.
Go into today remembering that it is wrong to see any man as your sustainer and pillar in life. Also, remember that we are to honor our fathers and mothers, so that it may be well with us (see Eph 6:1).
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Bible in 1 Year: Luke 21-22 (in today’s audio)
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