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Father's Day ... June 20, 2021

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5 NKJV

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12 ESV.

Jesus honored his Father all the days of his life. He gave us the ultimate example of a son honoring his father into adulthood. He honored his father while in the wilderness by not bowing to the devil, receiving any of what he offered, or believing any of his lies. (Matthew 3) In the most difficult time of his earthly life, he honored the purpose for which his father sent him. …. the cross. As a young man of 12 when he was lost by his earthly parents and after 3 days of seeking him, they found him in the temple…. in his father’s house. (Luke 2) Jesus said, “I honor my Father.” John 8:49 ESV As a noun to honor is to adhere to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct. As a verb, it is to fulfill an obligation or to keep an agreement. Jesus showed honor to his Father in every way a son could show honor. God, as our heavenly Father, is perfect and deserves ultimate honor from all who follow him. We show honor of and to God by following the example Jesus lived out before us as recorded in the Bible.


Jesus honored the will of His Heavenly Father:

I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgement is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. John 5:30 ESV

If Jesus sought the will of his Father, then the first way we can honor God as our heavenly Father is to seek his will for our lives. The basic will of God for us as followers is to live Holy lives before Him. In life, we will generally receive the results of our actions based on how we live. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6: 6-7 ESV. Jesus fulfilled his Father’s plan as the perfect lamb of God and provided eternal life to all who believe and follow him. We can show the way to eternal life by honoring God with our lives and showing the way to eternal life.


Jesus Honored his earthly father:

And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joesph’s son?” Luke 4:22 ESV

How Jesus lived brought honor to his stepfather Joesph. I believe Joesph was a common yet respected man and was recognized by those in his village as such a man. Even if our earthly fathers are not all they should be, we can show them honor by living lives as God has called us to live which ultimately will be an act of honoring them. One way this honors a father is the acknowledgment of you as his child. May the acknowledgment of who you are, bring honor to our father in heaven and your father upon earth.


Results of honoring your father:

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12 ESV.

This commandment comes with a promise. Honor your FATHER and mother that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Ephesians 6: 2 ESV This is a true statement for every generation. This is not just teaching about you as an individual, but as a people. God made the structure of a family and when that structure is honored all are blessed, but when that structure is broken all suffer.


Application:

Let it be the desire of your heart to honor your heavenly Father first and foremost. This means you will seek him and live according to scripture as you are called to live. If a person does not first do this, he will never successfully live out the command of God regarding his father on earth. When seeking with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it will give you understanding as to how you should live this….. even in difficult situations. Honor follows obedience, and obedience is for the purpose of bringing glory to your heavenly Father.


Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David

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