A gen-x Father’s Day card titled “Things My Dad Would Never Say.”
Included quotes such as:
“Can you turn up that music?”
“Go ahead and take my truck. Here’s 50 bucks for gas.”
“I LOVE your tattoo. We should both get new ones.”
“Here, you take the remote.”
Father’s represent a huge part of the heart of God.
Psalms 68:5 “A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”
Deuteronomy 32:6 “Is he not your Father, your Creator who made you and formed you.”
Isaiah 64:8 “Yet, O Lord, you are the Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
Jeremiah 3:19 “How gladly would I treat you like sons and give you a desirable land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.”
The Old Testament clearly starts the concept of God as our Father.
- He forms and shapes us
- Gives us blessing and an inheritance
- Wants to have a father child relationship
I Thessalonians 2:11-12 “For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his Kingdom and glory.”
This passage ends where I want to start.
- Living a life worthy of the Lord.
If you get kids to live a life worthy of the Lord, then everything else will fall into place.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Here is what a father is not to do.
Ephesians 6:4 “Father’s, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
Colossians 3:21 “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”
A misbehaving child is a discouraged child
- Paul spent his last three years in prison
- He was being transferred to Rome
- He was involved in a shipwreck
- He finally arrives in Rome
Acts 28:15 “The brothers there had heard he was coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the three taverns to meet us. At the sight of these men Paul thanked God and was encouraged.”
There a numerous different ways to encourage:
- Encouragement from your presence
- Encouragement from tour touch
- Encouragement with our words
Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death”
Encouragement helps them to know that they are valuable for who they are:
- It motivates them to do the right thing
- It motivates them to be the right person
- It helps them to be accepted as they are, but challenged to be more!
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”
A good father encourages and comforts, but he also…
One of the best ways to urge a kid to live a life worthy of God is to model that for them.
When a father or parent models a relationship with Jesus they are saying:
- Do what I am doing
- Look, we can do this together
- See how it is done
Titus 2:7 “In everything set them an example, by doing what is good.”
Have A Happy Fathers Day 🙂