Four Fathers

Why is it that on Mother’s Day moms take naps and we bring them breakfast in bed, while on Father’s Day dads are out playing catch, flying kites and four-wheeling with the kids? Moms get a day off.  Dads are on duty!

Being a man is a big job. Hooah!  As husbands we symbolize Jesus’ love for the church, his bride. When we become parents we represent God, the heavenly father. That’s pretty intimidating stuff. This parenting thing is no joke.  Here is a look at four fathers you may know:

A Bad Father – Jesus had a confrontation with some religious leaders. Things got a little intense. Jesus told them, “You belong to your father the devil and you want to carry out his desires. “ Then Jesus spelled out what this bad dad is all about. He is a murderer. He wants to destroy everything good in your life and kill your hopes and dreams. He is a liar; there is no truth in him. (John 8:42-44)

The Heavenly Father -God is GOOD. Everything good in our lives is a gift from him. (James 1:17) Moses is one of few people who have seen God. He asked, “Show me your glory.”  God responded, “I will cause my GOODNESS to pass before you.” The Heavenly Father’s glory, the thing he is famous for, is his goodness. (Exodus 33:18-19)

Our Fathers – Every one of us has a father. The negative things we saw in him came from the bad dad. The good we saw in him is a reflection of the Heavenly Father.  The Bible has one instruction when it comes it our earthy fathers, we are to honor them.

You, the Father – Alright Dads, here is the reality – there is no way we can measure up to the expectation of representing our Heavenly Father. We can’t do it on our own. We need grace! We need his Spirit to empower us, work in us and move through us so we can represent him well.

Affirmation:  Resist the bad father. Embrace the Heavenly Father. Honor your father. As a dad, emulate the Heavenly Father.

Comments:  Take a minute to tell us about your dad, or a father figure in your life. What made him special? How does he reflect the love of the Heavenly Father?