NO GREATER JOY!
I don’t have any natural children of my own, but I do have many supernaturally. Spiritual parenting is just as important or even more than natural parenting.
I recall telling my step-mother face-to-face a few months ago, “Although my birth mother was the one who gave me birth in the natural, you were my mother who gave me birth in the spiritual. If it wasn’t for Sarah than I wouldn’t be alive, but if it wasn’t for you Crystal, I wouldn’t really be alive in Jesus!”
This heart-felt moment and conversation brought my mother to tears.
I don’t have any natural children that I have responsibility over, but I do have plenty of spiritual children who I take bidding for and I will quickly lay my life down for. I break my back and I love carrying burdens for these precious ones, because they’re so, so worth it. Seeing Jesus lifted up in them and watching them grow and prosper brings great joy to my heart and eyes!
A few years ago, one of my spiritual fathers Pastor Jeff Taguchi, suddenly passed from a heart-attack. I recall being woken up in the morning by receiving a daunting call. I waited for hours at the morgue to be able to view his body and to believe for a dead-raising. Although his body didn’t awake, we all know where he truly lives now!
However, Papa Jeff would always say this,
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 John 1:4)
Come on! How gloriously beautiful is that!? After many years of apostolic building, teaching, signs, wonders, and miracles, the Apostle John writes in his small epistle, the mentioned above verse! How precious!
Through it all, some of the last recorded words of the Apostle John is his heart-felt cry and vulnerability. His heart is overwhelmed with joy because his spiritual children are walking and looking like Jesus! So good!
THE FATHER’S HEART
The Father heart of God is restoring this fatherless church and generation, back to their original identity. Our identity isn’t to be more adult-like, but it is to be more Christ-like, or rather, child-like. Our identity is to be more like the Father, the King of glory, in all of His splendor and majesty.
Interestingly, many people all around the world, who are double and nearly triple my age, call me Papa Ben. Not because I ask for it or I want to be, but simply because this is who I am to them. Something within them responds and cries out Abba Father. Something within them cannot help but to call me Papa. Though I may be much younger in the natural, something resonates within them of the Father’s heart within me.
Being like the Father isn’t about age, experience, or even accomplishments; it is about being love. The more we love, the more we will mature into His perfect image and be like the Father.
Carrying the Father’s heart is essential to seeing God’s move manifest unto the thousandth generation. Where are the true fathers and mothers in this hour to help host and house this abiding glory? Where are the spiritual parents to help mold and make the precious wineskins for this generation’s outpouring?
We recently started filming and putting together a new TV Channel called, ‘Ben Lim TV.’ If you haven’t heard about it nor seen it, you can check it out now at: www.benlimtv.com.
It’s exciting and encouraging to see of how far and wide our reach can be in the days that we are living in!
Anyhow, while we were driving down to San Francisco, from Redding, CA, I had a very special moment. My spiritual daughter Mishael was sitting beside me in the passenger seat as I was in the driver’s. Our director and cinematographer Chris Dixon, was peacefully asleep in the backseat.
My daughter and I tend to hold hands whenever we are together in long road-trips and mission trips. Healthy and holy physical touch can of course, be a sign and interaction of love, security, and comfort. It is holy. Though this may seem odd and questionable to some on the outside world, these signs of affection are natural and normal and personal and intimate.
As we were holding hands, our hands together, situated and was placed on top of the gear stick, otherwise known as the gear selector in automatic cars.
She doesn’t drive but I do. She doesn’t know how to handle the gear selector, but I do. Her hand was under my hand, as my hand covered hers over the gear selector of my Mustang convertible. We were driving this car together.
The Lord then began speaking to me in this precious and intimate moment about fathering this next move of God.
FATHERING THIS GENERATION
I began to tear as the Lord began telling me that this is what fathering and mentoring is about. Though our children may not know how to drive, we must help them and teach them.
Cars typically stand for ministry in prophetic symbolism. Our ministries will be incomplete if we have no children to help teach and mentor to drive forward. We have no ministry if we have no children. We have no future vision if there are no children to carry it. We are nothing if there is no fruit to help bear forth greater fruitfulness.
Fathering this next move isn’t about how big our name and fame can be. It is about raising up those to continue to know the Father. It isn’t about always being the driving force and having control and reigns of the car. It is about helping to give opportunities and make the way for the youth to rise up. To help teach them to learn how to drive on their own.
It is about helping the next generation to understand the ways of shifting into the next level. We must help them to know how to shift gears. We must help them to know when to stop, when to be neutral, when to drive, and when to put things into the next gear. We must help teach our children to drive and move forward in their callings and giftings.
Fathering this next move isn’t about showing how great you are; it’s about showing how great your children are. Fathering this next move isn’t about being on stage; it is about raising up your sons and daughters to know their positions and authority as a five-fold ministry.
This generation desperately needs fathers and mothers to rise up and be a true covering. Stop being a false, Jezebelic, controlling leader. Be one who freely empowers a persons‘ free-will to be more like Jesus in their own unique way, shape, fashion, and form. Stop trying to manipulate people into being another religious copy. Be one who personally knows their sheep and brings out the best in each one.
Genuienly ask yourself these questions:
– Can we help cover them?
– Can we help teach them?
– Can we help them drive forward?
– Can we impart into them the things that we have learned?
– Can we be by their side and accompany them in both good and hard times?
– Can we be their biggest cheerleaders and be there to celebrate their breakthroughs?
– Can we empower them forward into their destiny?
– Can we be humble and vulnerable and admit our mistakes? Share our failures? And not try to cover up our weaknesses?
– Can we bless them? Can we release them?
– Can we give them opportunities to exercise their gifts and passions?
– Can we believe in them, rather than belittling them?
– Can we let them be themselves?
THE JESUS PEOPLE MOVEMENT = FAMILY
The Jesus People Movement was a great harvest of souls! Souls, souls, souls! However, there was such a lack of mature fathers and mothers who were able to take in these Hippies, rejects, and rebelliously looking misfits. They didn’t fit the church-mold. They didn’t know the religious rules. As a result, many backslid, went into false-teachings, and/or went through years of heartache of rejection from the Church.
The Lord is raising up a new breed of fathers and mothers, people who have a heart like the Father, to help raise up these precious sons and daughters.
Movements come and go, but families remain. Movements will fizz and thistle out like another trend, but families last for the generations to come. What are we doing? What are we building? Are we building movements or families? Are we building ministries or people? Are we building our own empires or the Kingdom of God?
This new Jesus people movement that so many are talking and prophesying about, is really about family and unity. As we saw last year, on the stage of Azusa Now, the cry of John 17 remains. As it was in the Day of Pentecost Glory, this type of affirmative union is what will birth forth another Great Awakening!
Let’s be family. Let’s help father and mother this next great move of God.
I am a rich man if nobody knows my name, but acclaims my spiritual children! I am blessed and fulfilled if the ones that I love do well. All of my years of teaching, training, imparting, and missions-work is worth it, if my children walk righteously in their calling, identity, and purpose.