Fathers are great. Who else tells you jokes that make you outwardly groan, but really deep down inside you are bursting with laughter? Who else can push you on the swing as high as you like? Today society celebrates Fathers and all that they mean for us. Fathers are great and I am sure that we can all think of one father who has made an impact in our lives, be it our own father or an “adopted” father. You might have been taught to change a tyre or cook a BBQ by such a person. I know that I am grateful for all of the things that my father has taught me and that he did for me.
The Bible tells us to honour our father and mother.
Exodus 20:12 “Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
This is the only one of the 10 Commandments that comes with a promise. If the Israelites were to honour their father and mother, then they would be sure to live a long time in the Promised Land that God was giving them. If they didn’t honour their father and mother, then their time would not be long in the land.
I believe that honouring our parents is more than just doing what we are told, when we are told. To honour something or someone, is to hold it/them in high regard or respect. Honour is not something that is earnt, but is given because we are commanded to.
Today, I challenge you to honour your father, regardless of what he has done right or wrong. Honour him because of what God has asked us to do. Our biological fathers are human and will fail us.
But our Heavenly Father will never fail us. Through the knowledge that God will never fail us and that we can call him Father, because of what Jesus has done to make us children of God, then we can honour our earthly father, even if they have failed us. I believe that this is part of continually live by the ethos of the gospel.
Today I also challenge each of the men/fathers in our church to conduct yourselves worthy of honour. Love your wife and your children out of the love that God has shown us in Christ Jesus. But also be aware of others within our church and our community who may not have the love of a father to call their own. We can have a wonderful ministry being an example of a loving father to children and adults that do not know what it is like to have a loving father.
Men everywhere we thank you today for the fathers, brothers and friends that you are to many people, both young and old. May God bless you today as you seek to be a godly example to people.