Summary: Here’s a sermon for Fathers Day that shows what happens when men don’t do as they should.
"WALK IN WISDOM!"
 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.  But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
What a privilege and responsibility it is to be a father.
When we hold our children…
we hold in our hands the clay which will be fashioned
into a vessel of honor or dishonor for the Lord.
And knowing that, it is our responsibility to walk in wisdom.
Let me tell you about one father
and see what lessons we can learn from his example.
This story is about Brother Glen Madison.
Brother Madison was the pastor of a little church in Tennessee.
Brother Madison and his wife, Marcy, had 2 little boys.
There was 6 year old Jimmy and 8 year old Tommy.
One day, a stray Black & Tan coon dog showed up at the preacher’s house.
It didn’t take long for the preacher, his wife, and their 2 sons
to become attached to the hound.
The dog was black & tan, except for 3 white hairs growing in his tail.
They decided to call the dog “Skipper”
One week after the dog showed up at Brother Madison’s house…
they noticed an ad about a lost dog in the local paper.
LOST DOG: A male Black & Tan coonhound. He has a few white hairs in his tail. Lost in the vicinity of Chattanooga. Call 423-657-3312
Well, the whole Madison family was heartsick.
They knew without a doubt that the newspaper ad
was referring to the dog they had come to love.
Brother Glen Madison had a big problem!
What should he do?
Should he ignore the ad and pretend that he didn’t see it?
Or…should he call the owner and let him come get the dog?
Brother Madison had an opportunity
to make a choice between right and wrong;
between what he wanted to do and what he ought to do;
between the easy and the hard.
Brother Madison’s problem is not unique.
We all face similar choices.
What will we do when facing a choice of right and wrong?
How will we handle the situation?
In our Bible text this morning…
God’s letter to the Ephesian Church
Paul reminded them that the days were evil.
So, he says it is very important that they walk wisely.
In the Colossian letter, he repeats that teaching.
Then he adds 3 ways as to how to do that.
This is Father’s Day.
Fathers: walk in wisdom.
BUT…what does it mean to “WALK IN WISDOM?
IT MEANS MAKING THE MOST
OF EACH OPPORTUNITY:
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Some people say, "Opportunity only knocks once."
True and false?
Well, some opportunities are here just once.
You grab hold of them… or miss them forever.
But some opportunities are with us frequently.
So what do we do?
We assume that opportunity will remain for a long time.
Friends, every meeting, every difficulty, every problem, every decision