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The Most Wonderful Father In The World

Scripture: Phil 4:19-20; Text: Phil 20

In this brief passage, we are reminded that God is our Father. As our Father He is to receive glory. So while we honor our earthly fathers on this Father's Day, may we remember to honor our heavenly Father too. After all we honor our natural father because of what they have done for us. Why not glorify God, who supplies all our needs through Christ our Lord?

Let me begin by asking a question. Who is the most wonderful father in the world? I am sure there are some of you who will say, My father is the most wonderful father in the world. There are people who apparently feel that way about their father. If you look at the Father's Day cards you will find some that say that. Some may say the most wonderful father in the world or the world's greatest dad. I am sure that we all feel our dad is special although some make greater contributions to our lives than do others.

In the Bible there are 549 verses about "fathers" and some 979 verses using the word "father" in the singular. They use the word in a variety of ways, but I will mention only three or four. (1) There are fathers in the sense of civil or political leaders. They watch over the people and make decisions for the common people just as a father does for his children, thus they are called fathers. (2) There are also fathers in the sense of religious leaders. They are spiritual fathers, who as leaders make decisions that affect the people involved in the various religious activities. Thus they are called fathers too. (3) By far the most familiar to us is the person who is a male parent. It may be the biological or adoptive parent, but he is called the father. Of course it is this parent who is honored on Father's Day. (2 Kings 5:1). While all those fathers are mentioned in the Bible, the one to whom I have reference is not one of the three that I have mentioned. I am talking today about God, our heavenly Father. Jesus talked to the disciples about His Father and our Father. He had refernce to God in heaven (Matthew 6:9). Thus when I refer to the most wonderful father in the world, I am talking about our heavenly Father. The only perfect person to ever live and die on the earth was Jesus (1 Peter 2:22). He is perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48). So then, as wonderful as an EARTHLY father is, they all rate below our HEAVENLY father. Let us look at some of the MANY characteristics that distinguish our heavenly Father as the most wonderful Father.

1. His love. An earthly father should love his children with out reservation or conditions, but the truth is they do not all do so. Occasionally a child does not meet the approval of their father and the fellowship is broken and some are even disinherited. Have you ever known of that? Maybe the child did something the father did not approve of and so were shunned for years. It does happen. Then for some strange reason a father may love one child more than another and give them preferential treatment all their life. We find that in the Bible with Jacob an Esau. Esau was the firstborn and he was the rugged outdoorsman. He hunted and shared with his father and Isaac love him more than Jacob. On the other hand Jacob was the favorite of his mother Rebekah. Jacob deceived his father and had to leave home. Each one received preferential treatment from one of the parents (Genesis 25:27-28). You would assume that Jacob would have learned to have done differently, but he later showed preferential treatment to his younger son Joseph. This time it was because he was the son of his old age (Genesis 37:3). Such are the stories and heartbreak of earthly love.

However, God's love is different. His love is not based on who we are or what we do. He chose Jacob above Esau, before they were born. His love for Jacob was unconditional, not based on anything he did (Romans 9:11). All whom God chose to be His children, He adopted into His family (Ephesians 1:5). He then loved us with an unsinkable love. His fatherly love is unending (Jeremiah 31:3). He loved us so much that He saved us by His grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. It was not that He sacrificed Jesus for us, but that in mutual aggreement Jesus was willing to die for us because He loved us and the Father was willing for Him to do so because of His love for us (1 John 3:16 & 4:10). His love so filled our hearts that we now love Him (1 John 4:19). No preferential treatment is given, His rules are the same for me as for you. Your glory in heaven will be the same as mine. If we live in His will and obey His word, our joys are the same. This most wonderful Father in the world has loved us in such a wonderful way.

2. His provision. Earthly fathers often try to provide the best they are capable of obtaining (Matthew 7:9-10). On the other hand some make a lousy effort to do so (1 Timothy 5:8). Let's be honest, the provisions of all earthly fathers is imperfect. Some of those who may have the financil means to provide the material needs, have often negelected the emotional needs. Even when we have done the best, most fathers look back and wish they had done better. Why? Because some where there were deficiencies in our provisions. Some either cannot or will not provide: the physical needs, the emotional needs and the spiritual needs. On the other hand, some made the best effort possible to provide all three. In spite of our best, we fail in some degree, but God never fails (Matthew 7:12).

God provides for us all that we NEED. The problem is that we often confuse our needs with our wants. What we may need is a meal, but we may want the finest meal available. The truth is, God does and will feed His people (Psalm 37:25). But sometimes we refuse the provisions that He makes. Many of God's children could be better off, if they would live by the teachings of His word. Sometimes we may not realize it but, our jobs, our homes, our clothes, and everything else we enjoy, God has provided (James 1:17).

Not only does He provide for us in life, but in eternity also. No earthly parent can do that for us. No one can be saved by their works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Nor can we be saved by what someone else does for us, not even a loving parent (Psalm 49:7-8). We are saved for heaven through the finished work of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). Yet eternal life is our Father's free gift (Romans 6:23). How wonderful that the most wonderful Father in the world has provided so well for us, in natural and spiritual needs.

3. His teachings. Our earthly fathers have taught us many things, some good, some bad. I have known of parents teaching their children to curse by their profanity. A school boy told his teacher that he used profanity because his parents talked that way. I read of a boy named Joseph who had been sent to bed early for cursing. When his father came home and found out about it, he became angry. He said "I'll teach him to use curse words." At the top of the stairs he tripped and his wife had to cover her ears because of the profanity he used. She said, I think you better come down now, he has had enough of a lesson already.) Where do we learn our good and bad habits? Often, though not always, by the example of our parents. Remember that earlier is said Jacob learned preferential treatment, because his father and mother showed him how. Though we try to impart good habits, we are imperfect and also teach our children bad habits too. Sometimes we do not even know what we do is wrong. We were taught them by our parents and just assumed it was the right way.

This is where our heavenly Father comes to our aide. He has given us a perfect set of law by which to live. If we follow them, we will do what is right. Follow your earthly father, maybe. Follow your heavenly Father, always. His words and ways are right and pure (Psalm 19:8). They enable us to live a clean and morally good life ( Psalm 119:9). Basically, that is what Jesus said to His disciples (John 15:3). God's word is forever true, they have stood the test of time (Matthew 24:35). That cannot be said of the words of our earthly fathers unless they have spoken to us the words of God. God's words tell us about Him and Jesus Christ our Saviour and about heaven and hell. They show us the straight and narrow way and also help us identify the way that leads to destruction for so many. He helps us know how to live, how to talk, and how to think. If we adhere to His teachings, we will experience more peace and happiness than any words our earthly fathers could share with us. The most wonderful father in the world has given us the most wonderful teachings in the the world too.

The point of all this is two-fold. First, that we might be thankful to Him. Only as we are reminded of His goodness as a Father, will we be able to express our gratitude. Often the best fathers, who adhere to the highest principles are not fully appreciated by their children. Sometimes that is true until after their death. Years later, the child recognizes how blessed he was to have such a father. Even so, we often fail to appreciate our heavenly Father as we should. We do not thank Him for all He has done for us as we should. True, He will neve die, but we will. While we are alive, let us think about Him as a heavenly Father, and thank Him for His goodness. May we do so from the bottom of our hearts (Hebrews 13:15).

Second, we need to imitate Him as a father. We earthly fathers need to pattern ourselves after His perfect example. If we learn from Him and become more like Him, we will become better fathers. Our children will have it better too. They will learn better ways than our ways, for His ways are much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9). The more of our ways we teach our children, the more imperfect they are proned to become. If we can just recognize that we do not have all the answers, then we can look to Him for the right ones. We may have looked into our hearts, or listened to others who have made similar mistakes. In so doing mistakes are compounded. No mere mortal has yet discovered pefection in any role, certainly not in parenting. God did it perfectly from the beginning. He has never had to make an adjustment. His ways will always be right. Let all of us fathers, committ ourselves to Jesus Christ and live as our heavenly Father has taught us.

I will tell you up front that satan will not like it. The more like God you and your children become, the less satan can get you to sin. He would rather you: (1) stay too busy with work to have time to teach your children God's ways, (2) that you be too preoccupied with hobies and special interests to take time to train up your children in the ways they should go, and (3) that you remain too ignorant of the word of God to know how to teach them the truths of the Bible. That is what satan wants. What do you want?

Fathers, God has given you enough love throught Christ, to fill your hearts and overflow into the lives of your children. He has given His Holy Spirit to help you become what you should be, and to help your children be the same. He has given His inspired word to instruct you that you may properly instruct your children. The story was told of a young boy who said to his mother that when he grew up he wanted to be a Christian like his father. Then he added, no one can tell if he is a Christian or not. His father was like a clock without hands. It may be working inside but you cannot tell it from the outside.)

It is likely that your children will want to be somewhat like you. What kind of father are you? They may even send you a Father's Day card that says you are the best, the most wonderful father in the world. If you are living as God has taught, that statement will be a great deal truer than if you are not following Him. Please think about God as the most wonderful Father in the world. Think about the kind of father you want to be. Then pray for grace to live such a life. Your life will be richer and so will the lives of your children. God bless us in this holy endeavor. If we do this, it will give glory to God our Father. Amen. (So it is, so may it be.)

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