Summary: If we were to add it all up, we would probably find that we take about the same amount of time to celebrate our earthly father as we do our heavenly father.
2 Keys to Fatherhood
Holly Springs 6/20/21
Today is Father’s Day, the day we celebrate our earthly father. And of course, that means I need to share a few father jokes with you right? Like this. What did the daddy bu?alo say to its son before it left for school? “Bison.” Or how about the time a father and son were at the zoo. And as they were looking at the tigers, his dad began telling the son how ferocious they were. His son asked but dad if they got out and ate you up, his dad stopped him and said yes, I know that would be bad, but I would do all I could to protect you. His son said no dad what I wanted to know is which bus would I need to take to get home?
If we were to add it all up, we would probably find that we take about the same amount of time to celebrate our earthly father as we do our heavenly father.
Now that may sound strange to you, but how many of you actually came here today to celebrate God? If we are to be honest with one another, most of came because we always come, it’s what we do on Sunday morning. We may have come with the thought to come and learn something, maybe to hear a word or two that will inspire us, or to sing some songs. But how many came to celebrate?
Every day the Lord gives us is a day to celebrate, a day to be thankful for the work that God, our Heavenly Father has given us. So, as we celebrate our earthly fathers, let’s make it a point to celebrate our Heavenly Father today, tomorrow, and forever.
This morning I want us to look at two pieces of scripture for our scripture text. First turn to Ephesians 5:25. Again that is Ephesians 5:25. Once you have that stick your finger there and turn to Colossians 3:18-21.
Once again that is Colossians3:18-21. Once you get there as you are able please stand for the reading of God’s Holy Word. Again, we will start with Colossians 3:18-21, then we will flip back to Ephesians 5:25.
Here is what it says in Colossians: Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
Now flip back to Ephesians 5:25 and read with me, it says: Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
Now you might be wondering why I had you look at Colossians, where it spoke to mothers, fathers, and children. Well I am going to tell you why.
I know that you would agree with me that we are living in some different and disturbing times, and that is true for those of us that are a little older. But you see in this day and time, now listen to me you young folk, to you it’s not different and disturbing and that is because to you everything that is being taught and talked about will be called the new normal.
Things like being binary, that means you are neither man now woman. And all I have to say about that is, REALLY? What are you talking about?
For the last year and a half during this time of pandemic we have been told to trust the science. That a mask works, that the vaccine is perfectly safe, that social distancing will help. Time and time again we have heard those words, trust the science.
Okay so let’s take that seriously for a minute. When it comes to the reproduction of man and all other animals it takes a man and a woman, not a binary person. You see God made us different for a reason, it was so we could reproduce and in order to do so it takes a man and a woman. That’s why I included the part about wives, fathers, and children. I don’t care what the world says, God and the science both say it takes a man and a woman.
Let’s pivot away from Colossians for a moment and consider what we read in Ephesians. What do you think it means when Paul says Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
I would imagine that most of think that verse talks about Jesus Christ gave all he had for the Church that He gave his life on the cross for her. Now that is true, but He actually gave her everything He had why he walked on earth with man.