Summary: 10 characteristics of fatherhood that God displays and we can learn from. Lessons can also be applied to any Christian home.
A father was terribly overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet. "I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for 2 weeks. Then return, by then you’ll have lost at least 5 pounds."
In two when the father returned, he shocked the doctor because he had lost 25 pounds.
"That’s amazing!" said the doctor, "Did you follow my instructions?"
“I did indeed.” the father replied, “But I’ll tell you I thought I was going to die on those 3rd days."
"From hunger?" the doctor asked.
"No,” replied the father, “from skipping."
Lessons from God on Being a Father
Today I want to share 10 Lessons we can learn from God on how to be a good father. I know not all of you are fathers but we can all learn form these lessons.
Lesson 1 Give your Name
George Foreman is famous for many things: boxing champion, pitchman, grill guru, television celebrity, and, he named all five of his sons, George. When asked why he gave all his sons the same name, he usually quips something like, “If you’d been hit in the head as many times as me, you’d make life as simple as possible.” But if pressed for an answer, He says, “I named my kids George because I want them all to remember who their daddy is.” This is coming from a man who had an absentee father.
When we were lost in our sins, we also had an absentee father. Our pride, our vain ambitions, an unending quest for significance and a lust for material happiness; all make for a type of father who we can never please.
As Christians we are called a part of the family of God.
Ro 8:13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
Ro 8:14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Ro 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba,Father.”
Ro 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Ro 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
We need to make sure our children know who their father is. When my daughters were teenagers and were going out for an evening with friends, I would remind them that because of their family name they were not going out alone. Every thing they did good or bad, reflected back on everyone in their family, just because they had a last name. Give your children a good name and teach them the responsibility of keeping it good.
Lesson 2, Give Time
In the beginning God created the sun & moon. He put 24 hours in every day, 7 days in every week etc. Then He took one of those days and decided to spend quality time with His family.
Ge 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
The forth of the Ten Commandments, commands us to observe this seventh day. We are not working on it. It is a day of rest. The Commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Is found in Ex. 20:8, then there are three more verses that clarify God’s point for this commandment: It’s a day to focus on God and a day of rest, for you and everyone in your house. Imagine, God set aside a whole day, every week to spend with His kids. Every week without fail, without exception and without excuse God wants to spend a day with His Children. There is no substitute for time and no excuse for not spending the time.
Lesson 3, Make your Home a Safe Haven
One of my favorite passages is Revelation 21:3 & 4. I think this is one of the best descriptions of God’s home.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
I like this passage, because it says, “Now.” If we read the preceding verses we see that the Devil and all the ’bad stuff’ are destroyed or banished. This means we will be safe and secure. The doors are locked, the dead bolt is in place. The security system is turned on. There is no danger. No abuse. No hatefulness. No sarcasm. No rolling eyes. No disappointment. Nothing but the good stuff and we will have access to it forever.