Summary: The value of a man from God's perspective. Preached on Father's Day.
The Value of a Man
Albert Einstein said, “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”
Today, I want to talk to you about the value of a man. That includes Father’s of course. And I’m going to refer to the value of a father, but for the most part today, I want to focus on something that I believe doesn’t get enough press.
Now, most people don’t dare these days to make jokes about women - blondes, yes; different countries, yes; various differences we have in all countries and between the genders, but most people don’t slam women these days because if you do, there is quite an army of the feminist persuasion who will put you in your place rather quickly. Advertisements that put women down are usually pulled before they air to often, even they even make it off the cutting board. But sitcoms, movies and other tv shows regularly these days, depict the bumbling father, the inadequate husband, or a man who is driven only by his sexual impulses.
I believe we’ve gotten to the point in our society now, where the pendulum has swung from male supremacy, to equality, to female supremacy. Now it might not have quite caught up with us here in Minnesota yet - there are still a lot of die-hard male chauvinists in our neck of the woods, but overall, if you watch or read any of the feminist publications, it doesn’t take very long to realize that there is a call, for not just equality, but a dominance - supremacy - among large sectors of the female population.
Today, I’d like to do my part to change that. I’d like to bring some balance to a situation that I believe is out of balance, I want to talk about the VALUE of a man.
First let’s have a little fun. Here are some quotes I found about men. See if you can relate to any of these.
To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.
Saying the right thing at the right time:
A man woke up in the morning with a headache and saw a rose, an Aspirin, water and a note on the bed side table written on it: ‘Breakfast is on the table I am off to the store”.
When he went down stairs he saw his son and asked him what happened last night.
His son said “Well you came home drunk and when mom tried to kiss you, you yelled ‘get off me lady i am married!’”
And then this is my favorite:
I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and have bought jewelry.
Take your Bible and turn with me to Genesis 18, verse 19. Just this one verse.
This is God speaking, and he says about Abraham, “I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
Like I said, this is God speaking and I think this verse gives us the three things that are most important to God for a man. The things that God says, makes a MAN’S man! That bring a man value and worth. Let’s look at them.
First of all, the value of a man is found in,
1) His relationship with his children.
I don’t think anybody would argue with me today when I say that I believe children are VERY important to God.
Ephesians 6:4 tells us: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
Proverbs 22:6 - Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Dad, don’t ever be ashamed of spending time with your children. And don’t ever be too busy to spend time with your children.
“I read a story about a Christian attorney. And he was talking about the influence of his father on his life. And he said, "The greatest gift my dad ever gave me was when I was a little boy. It was a small box. Inside the box was a note saying, "Son, this year I will give you 365 hours, an hour every day after supper. It’s all yours. We’ll talk about what you want to talk about. We’ll go where you want to go. Play what you want to play. It will be your hour."