Summary: A Fathers Day message to look to heavenly Father to be a good earthly father.
Experiencing Fathers Day
Calling all Men
Happy Father’s Day!
Wither you are a father or you are celebrating the life or the memory of your father this morning, I hope that you are having a great Father’s day.
Let me say this and may it be one of the things that you remember this morning-
If you have or had a great Father, give God praise this morning, because that is a blessing from God.
If you feel that you did not or do not have a great Father, remember that your heavenly father will never let you down.
While trying to stay in our series of holiness this morning, I want to bring a Father’s day message.
Father’s day at Rosedale can be tough because we have on a regular basis many families traveling on Father’s day.
But you are here and I want you to see this morning that your heavenly Father love comes untainted, trustworthy, and unmerited.
It is not based on your performance but on His love.
Our heavenly Father
It doesn’t take us long to understand why as fathers we sometime fall short of such a long list of responsibilities we have as fathers to our children.
Why as children short of abuse, dangerous circumstances, we have to be forgiving because as we are not perfect, they will never be perfect.
Where our parents fell short that we allow our heavenly Father to step in and be what our parents lacked or were not.
I will not attempt to have a nine or ten point message on Fathers, but will try to capsulate in a few minutes what we need to be as Fathers to our children or other people that God has brought into our lives and to understand that our heavenly Father is all of these things and we can trust Him with our lives and our families.
He can be what is needed and he can help us be what we need to be. Amen!
(1) A father should love his children. A godly father should also incorporate the love that God has for his family.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
Until we understand the great love and sacrifice that God the Father has for us, we could never be the person God wants us to be with our family.
Our heavenly Father did not send His Son Jesus because of our great performance but for our great need of a Savior to save this world of their sin and mistakes.
Loving others with the love of God is no easy task- God’s love is pure and it has not personal agenda attached to it.
Now, imagine if Christ, just before the cross, went to the garden and thought; I hate this feeling, I don’t feel like doing this, therefore I will base my decision upon what I feel. If that had happened, we’d all be hopelessly doomed. The good news of course is that Jesus resisted and fought back His feelings and even though He prayed three times to have the cup removed, He was more interested in doing the will of the Father than what He felt like doing…thankfully. Jesus displayed His love by willingly going to the cross and dying for sinners and those of us whom were still His enemies and desperately wicked (Rom 5:8, 10). We must emphasize that love is a choice more than a feeling because feelings are subjective while love is objectively displayed in actions.
The bottom line is that love is what a person chooses to do, not what a person chooses to feel. God so loved the world because He choose to love the world.
(2 )A father should instruct his children.
A godly father reads the Word of God, watches and lives the Word of God and instructs his children in the ways they should go.
Jesus own words
“I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the heavenly Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that he will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the father who sent him.”