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"Fathers, Serve With Intensity"

The Bible gives four Christian character traits that can build a lasting legacy for the Lord. The second is to live a life that serves with intensity. Colossians 3:23-24 says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."

Rick Warren once did a study of youth who were asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Not one child said, "I want my gifts, talents, abilities and opportunities to serve others." Our American dreams and our way of thinking have caused children to set their focus on being like celebrities and winners at all cost.

A Christian father will strive to live before his children a life of servanthood with ambitions of serving for the purpose of glorifying Christ before those he serves. He serves hoping that the people he works with might ask about the things of the Lord. A Christian father who has been taught by the Holy Spirit how to work for the Lord is enthusiastic and eager to do his work. He serves with intensity no matter what he is asked to do. The happiest janitor is the one who cleans the office, the shop, or the bathroom as though Christ is standing right there beside him. The most diligent father is the one who manages his affairs and business in a way that expresses recognition of daily accountability. Those in this world see employees as people only wanting a pay check. Christian fathers who serve for the right reasons leave a heritage that expresses servanthood unto the Lord.

The greatest legacy a Christian father can receive outside of Christ Jesus is sons and daughters who know the joy of doing all their labors as unto the Lord and sharing the message of Christ's love to a lost and dying world.

Fathers, Serve With Christian Intensity!

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