Sonship is a present truth topic in the Body of Christ since the restoration of spiritual fathers coming first in recent years. God promised to restore His Family in Malachi 4:5-6 by “turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.” Notice it was the fathers who were prepared first by the power of an Elijah Anointing, followed by the children (Elisha’s) whose hearts were then turned and ready for spiritual parenting. The goal of family restoration is that the Father’s Heart of Love may be known by all as mature sons are manifested in the earth. Creation is groaning for those who can manifest the Father’s Love to every creature. Mature sonship happens in the spiritual, parallel to the natural; babyhood, childhood and manhood. When we begin a walk with spiritual parents we enter the babyhood stage of serving.
IT TAKES A SON TO SERVE A FATHER
“He that delicately brings up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.” Proverbs 29:21 KJV
Scripture teaches a transition from servanthood to sonship where the testing of character and motives are revealed in the light of God’s love. When Elijah “cast his mantle” upon Elisha as a sign that the young man was being called into a spiritual parenting relationship, Elisha began walking together with Elijah as a protégé who would learn servanthood first, not claiming equality with his spiritual father.
“Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered (served) unto him.” 1 Kings 19:21KJV
Serving is vital because it requires humility as our character is formed into the image of Christ. New protégés often need freedom from an orphan/independent spirit that seeks to promote itself in the eyes of spiritual leadership rather than take the place of a servant who is learning to be faithful “in that which is another man’s” (vision and calling) and wait for promotion to come from above. All those who have entered a spiritual parenting relationship will indeed begin as a servant where faithfulness is proven. Even if we enter a spiritual parenting relationship later in life after having ministry experience, we still begin at the servant level in another man’s vision and calling. Speaking of Timothy’s qualifications, Paul said:
“But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.” (Philippians 2:22 KJV) Mature sonship is always characterized by servanthood as it takes a son to serve a father.
IT TAKES A SON TO SEE A FATHER
This is the childhood stage of our relationship where we begin to have some “intimacy” with our spiritual parents in the Lord. We are secure enough to start letting them “seeintome” (intimacy means see into me) as we can see into their hearts as well. This is where healing and trust begin to happen in the relationship and we actually start believing in the love someone else has for us. Trust is based upon love, and this is the goal of the relationship. Being healed of insecurities makes my relationship with the Heavenly Father more intimate and full of faith. God the Father uses our spiritual parenting relationships with those who have the Father’s heart of love to bring healing and restoration to our lives.
Jesus had this kind of intimacy with his Father; he could see his Father’s heart of love and imitate it. When we are born again we begin this walk with our Heavenly Father as sons and daughters who have all rights and privileges of being in the Family. However, we still need to grow to maturity in character, which is love. My first Pastor told me, “the true barometer of spirituality is love.” In the New Birth we have been introduced to the Father, then we become intimate with the Father, afterwards we can imitate the Father.
“No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared (revealed) him.” John 1:18 KJV
“If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” John 14:9 KJV
Hebrews tells us that God has spoken to us in these last days by His Son. The message of the Son was to reveal the Father, only a son who knows the Father intimately, having seen the Father’s heart, can reveal Him to His creation. The prophets of old revealed the separate revelations they received of their Covenant God as His servants, but it takes a son to reveal the Father.
IT TAKES A SON TO SHOW A FATHER
This is the manhood stage of Christlikeness that results from a healthy spiritual parenting relationship where insecurity, rejection, and fears have been dealt with and we are able to “give and receive love” as God intends. Someone said, “Your greatest problem in life is whatever hinders you from giving and receiving God”s Love.” Jesus said “the Father seeks such that worship Him in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Jesus as a son, knew what the Father “seeks” from relationship with His children. He seeks true worship which is more than singing, praising, and soaking in The Presence. True worship can only be done by mature sons because true worship is a representative lifestyle where we can say as Jesus did, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” When we are immature, still loaded with orphan/independent issues, we will often misrepresent the Father because we are not yet able to “give and receive love freely” as the Lord Jesus did in his earthly walk. It takes a mature son to show a father. When we have come into mature sonship, we “know even as we are known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). We no longer have a partial understanding of God’s love but a complete understanding, we have become “perfect (complete) in love” as 1 John 4:17-20 declares.
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hate his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen. And this commandment have we from him, that he who loves God loves his brother also.”
This verse describes the maturity of relationship in the Family of God that is presently being restored to the Church by the Elijah Anointing.
IT TAKES A SON TO SERVE, SEE, AND SHOW A FATHER.