"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you." Exodus 20:12
It’s interesting to note that this commandment is mentioned not once, not twice, but a total of eight times in the Bible. The commandment is referenced twice in the Old Testament and six times in the New Testament. We recognize that anything that God says is important, but something God has repeated eight times is really important and we truly need to grasp hold of this command.
As we celebrate “Father’s Day” I reflect on the men in my life I call “Father.” I think of my father and father in-law, both unique men who have been very generous, have outstanding work ethic, are very loving and who are always willing to help others in need, even to this day. I think of my grandfather, a man that I greatly admired. A man of few words, but those words spoke volumes of wisdom. He was a man of character and integrity. I reflect on my life as a father. I think of the responsibility that God has given to me as a father. I’m reminded of all of the mistakes I’ve made over the years and how my family has always extended love and forgiveness.
Reflect and think on the men in your life you call “Father.” It’s important to realize that the Bible doesn't say to honor your father (and mother) if they were perfect, or if they did an outstanding job as a dad (or mom). It just says "Honor your father and your mother.” That is God’s command to you…to “Honor your father and mother” and your response should be unconditional. It should not be based off of unrealistic or unfulfilled expectations. Unconditional means unconditional…with no conditions attached. It doesn’t matter if you think you come from a dysfunctional family. The reality is that every family is dysfunctional because we’re all sinners. Only one Father is perfect, and by honoring your earthly father, you are also honoring your “Heavenly Father.”
I challenge you to pause and meditate on God, the “Heavenly Father.” A “Heavenly Father” that is full of grace and mercy. A “Heavenly Father” who loves you unconditionally and forgives you of your sins. Do you realize that nothing gets families together better and faster than the Creator of families? Whenever anyone comes to the “Heavenly Father” through His Son Jesus Christ, there are a series of changes that will take place. One will be an attitude of reverence and awe for God. You will develop an internal transformation that desires to love, to forgive, to honor, and to respect.
All of us are children of our respective parents. Some of you are parents yourselves, and your children will someday be parents, too. So, if honoring parents hasn't been practiced in your family, a good place to start is with you. Honor God by honoring your parents and by doing so, you'll be teaching your children to do the same.
What type of legacy do you want to leave? How will your family remember you?
Let’s ask Jesus to help us to be obedient to the “Heavenly Father's” commandment because it will bring honor to Him!!!
Posted on Thu, June 20, 2013
by Keith Knight