SOME THOUGHTS ON SPIRITUAL MOTHERS & FATHERS
It seems the New Invogue thing to do in the Kingdom is to jump on the Spiritual Mother & Father Bandwagon. Everyone is doing it, so I should too. It is as if how many Sons & Daughters has replaced how many church members or attenders (because you always had more attenders than you did members).
First off, this is not some bandwagon to be jumped on! It is a calling, and with that calling comes a grace and anointing to function in that capacity. For me, it came when God spoke to me and said: "It is time for you to do for others what Leo did for you."
Everyone's call to Fathering or Mothering will be different, just like everyone's call to be a Pastor, Teacher, Evangelist, Prophet, or Apostle was different. Just as there are no cookie-cutter Ascension Gifts, there are no cookie-cutter Spiritual Mothers or Fathers, and the diversity of their function (s) will be plentiful.
However, that being said, we can draw some similarities or parallels between Natural Parents and Spiritual Parents:
Just as Natural Parents live and sacrifice for their children, so Spiritual Parents live and sacrifice for theirs.
Just as Natural Parents are not in Competition with their children, so Spiritual Parents are NOT in Competition with theirs.
Just as Natural Parents want their children to do more than they did, so Spiritual Parents want the same for theirs.
Just as Natural Parents want their children to have more than they have or had, so Spiritual Parents want the same for theirs.
Just as Natural Parents are NOT Jealous of their children's successes, but rejoice with them in them; so Spiritual Parents are NOT Jealous and rejoice with them for theirs.
The problem that is facing us in the Fathering and Mothering Paradigm, is that many of the "Bandwagon Jumpers" do not have a TRUE Father's or Mother's Heart. They do not exhibit the attitudes that we have laid out in these bullet points.
Because of this, we have False Fathers and False Mothers that are arising and giving Spiritual Parenting a Bad Name. We must realize that if we can have False Apostles or False Prophets; we can have False Mothers and False Fathers, and unfortunately we do!
Many of the Legitimate Mothers and Fathers are being "Tarred with the same brush" (so to speak) as the False Mothers and Fathers. As with so many things in the Kingdom, It is not by their words that we know them, but by their FRUIT!
Just because somebody says they are a Spiritual Mother or a Spiritual Father; does not mean that they are! Please look for the things we have listed in this post. If they are not present, they are a False Mother or Father!
Much heartache can be avoided, and great fruitfulness will come to the Kingdom if these things are looked for, expected, and yes...even Demanded!