Yesterday we looked at how fathers can better reflect our Heavenly Father. How can the truth that Jesus spoke in John 14:1-11 work out in us? The next verses help us unpack this question. “The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own authority, but the Father who dwells in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, or else believe on account of the works themselves” (14:10–11). Think about His many works!
As an older preacher used to say, ‘let’s get down to where the rubber meets the road.’
1. As Jesus had a close relationship with His Father and was “one” with Him, so we as fathers must have a close association with Jesus so we know God through knowing Jesus. This is essential for being the father we want to be and that God designed us to be.
2. In knowing the Father because we know Jesus, the character of the Father becomes formed in our lives because of our walk with Jesus. The Father was in Jesus and Jesus was in the Father. To see one was to see the other. We have a similar phrase on a human level when we say, ‘he is just like his father.’ If we want our children to turn out to be godly men and women, we must model that character.
3. As Jesus did not speak or act on His own authority,the authority we use with our children must be more than human authority if they are going to see God as a Father reflected in the way we handle them. Authority in our lives must be exercised in a biblical manner. Anger, abuse and absenteeism in any form cannot be part of fathering.
4. God the Father’s love must come to us through our close walk with Jesus to be seen in the way we love our children. That is the best way they will learn God’s love.
5. The words we speak must no longer be driven by impatience and frustration, but by words of grace, love, truthfulness under the control of the Holy Spirit sent from God. While we are taught in Proverbs 22:6 to “train up a child in the way he should go,” they need to see what you say practiced by you and me.
6. Our actions will begin reflecting the Father to our children and others, so they will come to know the Father. You and I will one day pass away. What foot prints are we leaving behind?
“May the footprints that we leave, lead them to believe, and the lives we live inspire them to obey. O may all who come behind us find us faithful!” (Steve Green – Find Us Faithful)
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