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.

In an effort to find a secret for an extra ten yards or straighter ball flight, golfers will listen to anyone. It doesn’t matter if the tip comes from stranger, friend, foe, or relative. If it might work and sounds plausible, odds are the golfer will employ it before the end of the week. We will buy any and every golf aid device from a Facebook ad or some C level celebrity on a Golf Channel late night commercial. When we struggle, we are desperate.

When we are struggling in life, the believer knows where to go. The advice sought from the Bible and the Holy Spirit are infallible. The teachings, preachings and guidance from each will not lead us astray and will never contradict each other.

The lost among us are a struggling desperate people. They are seeking pleasure by church attendance because their wife expects it, new hobbies, new cars and even new spouses. The happiness lasts for a minute, but then the same problems arise again as before with greater intensity.

Paul established this church in Corinth and preached against the attendees ever increasing reliance on self pride. Paul had a special relationship with the people at Corinth. He told them that they had many “instructors”, but not many fathers. These instructors were like the elementary school teachers in our childhood. They led and guided while making sure everyone was in the right places at the right times. The “father”, however, has a special spiritual impact. No matter age or spiritual level, we all need spiritual mentors. The lost are unable to be led spiritually because they do not have the presence of the Holy Spirit within them. The only power the Holy Spirit has upon the lost individual is that of conviction or a leading toward accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The power of the Holy Spirit is a never failing influence in the life of the believer. We often make the mistake of placing our reliance upon self or dependence upon another person, but these are misplaced. Our spiritual mentors not only strengthen us, but also help the mentor with the added accountability. In turn, the lost can see the Holy Spirit’s great impact in our lives.

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