“For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me” (1 Corinthians 4:15–16). As we celebrate “Father’s Day” in many parts of the world, my thoughts turn to the model we have in the Apostle Paul. He had genuine love and “anxiety for all the churches” (2 Cor. 11:28) and was willing to again go through “the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” (Galatians 4:19). This is a clear reflection of God’s character (2 Cor. 6:18).
One of Paul’s prize examples of being a father was the relationship with his spiritual son Timothy. “But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.” (Philippians 2:22). Whether it is natural or spiritual sons, make sure that you cultivate a deep relationship on the foundation of the gospel. With this kind of bond, your relationship will endure the roughest challenges of this world.
I realize there are many fathers who are hurting because they never had an example like this. Let me assure you that God will be the kind of Father to you that no human father can be. “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5). Call out to Him right where you are and invite Him into your life. Ask God to reveal Himself to you as Father and show you through His Word, the Bible, how He will be this to you through His Son, Jesus Christ.
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