Today is “Father’s Day”, a special day on which we honor our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers! Again, as we stated with Mother’s Day, not to honor fathers above God in our worship but to honor them as God's creation, as God’s plan for the family. In Genesis 2:24 God said a man is to leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. Back in Genesis 1:28 God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth, that is, one of the main things they were to do as husband and wife was bear children. Thus we have fathers and mothers! And, also as we learned about mothers and will learn about fathers today, there are some very serious responsibilities that go with being a “parent.” God-given responsibilities that we must insure we are accepting and living up to in every way. In thinking about “mothers” and “fathers” just how important is family? How many of us would be here, exist without mothers and fathers? Obviously, none of us! Thinking of this and all the scriptures we looked at concerning all the instructions God, Himself, gave to mothers and fathers should make very plain to us how important the “family” is, not just to us but, also, to God Himself. But, it doesn’t stop there. Think about how God describes the church. Throughout His word, God uses the terms of family to describe those who are in the church, the Body of His Son. God, Himself, is referred to as our “Father” or ‘Heavenly Father”. Christ is referred to as our Brother several times. But, then the terms used to refer to the members of the church are “brethren” used over 180 times, “brother” used over 50 times and the word “sister” used 6 times all referring to the family relationship we are to have in the church. Here are just a couple of examples of this.
“9 Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.”
1 Thessalonians 4:9 (NASB)
“Let love of the brethren continue.”
It is pretty obvious that God intends for us to all be “family!” What does this mean? It means treat each other as family, be there for each other as family, care for each other as family. As important as our physical family is, our spiritual family is even more important. We are told by our Lord to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.” (Matt. 6:33).
So, while we honor our physical fathers on this special day, honor them for fulfilling their God-given responsibilities as fathers, let us not fail to honor the greatest Father of all, our Heavenly Father who has provided all of us with the means by which we can be saved eternally and enabled us to be a part of the greatest family on earth today, the Lord’s family, the Body of Christ. Are you truly living up to what you should be as a part of the family of God?
Until next week, I love you all,