A LONG RECORD OF INTIMACY WITH GOD
“I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father” (1 John 2:13).
As “Father’s Day” is celebrated in many places and with many families around the world, I want to remind us of the ONE THING godly fathers do who desire to impact the next generations. They “know Him who is from the beginning”, the Father of our Lord Jesus. They have consistently spent time with THE FATHER learning how to be a father. We often underestimate the power of this type of relationship. Earthly friendships rarely have a teaching element to them, but fathers who “know” THE FATHER grow in understanding His character so it can be replicated in their own lives.
The word “know” or “ginõskõ” means “to be acquainted with”. It is more than mere knowledge of someone, but a deeper relationship where something substantive is transferred from them to you. So it must be with fathers in order for them to have an impact on their children and the generations that follow. Your children and those who look up to you will become young men and women. Will your influence pass on to them the model of intimacy with God as Father?
Will you take time this “Father’s Day” to ask God to ignite a desire for an intimate relationship with Him and transform your life into a greater reflection of His Fatherhood for others to see?
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