1. Can You See It!

a) Biblically speaking, a spiritual father is someone who leads a person to Christ. 

1 Corinthians 4:15
“For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” 

b) But that spiritual father cannot always be there for the saved or new believer. The new believer is then ushered into the house of God. Soon the new believer gets to know who is the spiritual father of the house.

c) As time passes, the new believer begins to notice many things happening in the house of God. He sees favoritsm, he sees divisions and he sees the people taking things for granted. Soon he feels the imperfections of a church.

d) The spiritual leadership expects respect and honour. They forget respect and honour is to earned. Technically they maybe right but if they do not live a life worthy of Christ, then they may find it not happening.

e) New believers look up to the spiritual leadership for exemplary conduct to follow.  

f) Let's look at Apostle Paul. He functioned as a spiritual father to many churches. To his church in Corinth, Paul said, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

g) How confident are we to say, “Follow my example of following Christ”? Can we truly say that to others?

h) Why? The new believers seek edification, encouragement, and comfort. Naturally, they will examine the spiritual leadership.

i) Spiritual leadership also needs good stewardship. They appreciate the God-given appointments. They take their own appointments seriously and function according to what are required. They are man of faith, man of the Word and man with good exemplary conduct. They lead the way, the path and the direction. People love to follow them. Can you see it!