A True Son
To Titus, a true son in our common faith: Titus 1:4
In this post I want to take some time to talk about spiritual fathers. Specifically, who exactly is a true son and what a spiritual father’s to role is in the life of a believer.
The passage we will look at today is in Titus and we’ll also look at Timothy to get clarity on who a true son is and isn’t.
Over the years I have heard people refer to ministers as their spiritual fathers, yet few every talk about teachers of the faith. The assumption is that everyone that has taught them something has somehow become their spiritual farther. This does not line up with scriptures as far as I can tell.
There is a reason that Paul addressed Titus as a true son. He also in 1 Timothy 1: 2 states, “To Timothy, a true son in the faith.” They were true sons of the faith.
Paul was talking to two young men that he led to Christ and discipled in the faith before releasing them to lead churches. True fathers play a role in the birth of their sons both naturally and spiritually.
A lot of times people join groups or a church and immediately assume the pastor or leader of the organization is their spiritual father leaving the one that led them to Christ as just someone they surpassed or need no more. This is not Biblical at all. Now let me make it clear there are times we move on to another church or organization but always be thankful and honor the person that led you to Christ your real spiritual father.
I hear people quote minsters they have never met or even seen in person as spiritual fathers just because they listened to their CD or read their book. So let me talk a little bit about what a father does for their child spiritually that is.
First, they have some part in their birth, they either preached the sermon that caused them to come to Christ or led them one on one. They were there when you came to God with your mess they had a part in helping you submit to God your troubles and receive grace.
Second, they stayed with you during the years of change. What I mean by this is once we come to Christ we have to renew our minds to God’s Word and at the beginning that is drastic and takes some time to take. Let me illustrate.
When I came to the Lord in 1994 my pastor and his deacon prayed for me to be delivered from drugs and alcohol. I was delivered but needed to get my life in order in many areas. First I needed to learn to trust God, second I needed a home, next I needed to deal with the fruits of my sin that I was accountable for.
My spiritual father taught me about money, (tithing, offerings and stewardship). He gave me a place to stay until I got on my feet. He prayed with me and taught me how to study the Bible and not to go around my old friends until I was strong enough in the Lord.
Now I’ve read a lot of books and listened to a lot of messages learning great things about living a successful Christian life but non of them can or did do what he did for me. Fathers love you through the good and bad, when you hit the mark or miss the mark they still love their sons. You can see this in Paul’s letters to Titus and Timothy he fathered them.
My second pastor was my teacher. He taught me how to minister and how to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, how to pray and win souls to Christ he wasn’t my father but my teacher. I am so thankful for men and women that will take the role of teaching and those who father us in the faith.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 4:15, “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.”
During college I had some of the greatest teachers in the faith they taught me how to elevate my thinking and ministry. I listen to specific ministers and read books attend meetings all of them teach me but they don’t replace my spiritual father.
I would love to hear your thoughts feel free to leave them in the comments section.