By: Pastor Jason Swedeen
1Cor 4:15-16 says, "For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, be ye followers of me."(or imitate me).
One thing that Jesus did with His disciples was build relationship. Today, in the church, we don’t understand very well the art and importance of having relationship with those we love and hang around with. One of the reasons is that we have adopted an ‘independent’ mindset that thinks ‘I don’t need others’ or ‘I don’t want others to know me’ because I have weaknesses. This is a great deception from the enemy. This would be why so many people stumble and do not fulfill there God-given destiny. It takes relationships.
This verse is saying, in one application, that we, individually, have many people who instruct us in our life, but we do not have the ‘Father’ relationships that will cause us to rise up to the place where we fulfill our destiny. I’m not talking about a natural father, but a spiritual father. An instructor is just going to be there to tell you what to do, but a father’s instruction is surrounded by relationship. An instructor will tell you, but a father will impart to you. There will always be people telling us what to do, but a father is one that we respect and honor to such a degree that we desire to model our life after them, because they are a representation of the Jesus we love, and therefore we able to walk in our destiny. Elijah was a mighty man of God. Elisha came on the scene and served Elijah. Elisha honored and respected Elijah and stayed by his side even when Elijah was testing his commitment by pushing him away. Elijah had 14 miracles and Elisha had 28 miracles(a double portion). This is a picture of a Father-Son relationship. Elijah instructed and Elisha honored him as a father and because of that Elijah was able to impart into Elisha’s life and he received a double portion.
So many people are out there trying to do it on there own and don’t realize that, without an inheritance, they will never succeed. You may have a spiritual father, because you’re saved, but you may not have a father that will impart to you and release you in your destiny. Some of you have left a father who would truly impart and release you only to settle for something less. You need a true father who will release you. It doesn’t mean that you reject and not honor the other. You just add to your life another father that will take you further.
As Paul said, ‘..be ye followers of me’. He didn’t mean himself, but rather that in following him, he would lead them to Christ Jesus. I exhort you, whether you’re a ‘lone ranger’ or not, to find a true father to follow who will impart and release you in the purpose and destiny that God has for you. Be like Elisha. Stick with them and be faithful.