Happy Father’s Day!
First to attempt a bit of humor …
- On Mother’s Day the moms expect flowers …
… On Father’s Day the dads get to mow the yard!
- On Mother’s Day the moms expect free gifts …
… On Father’s day dads are given gifts then gets to pay for them!
- On Mother’s Day the moms expect breakfast in bed …
… On Father’s Day dads are expected to take the family out for breakfast!
- Mother’s Day was created to honor every family’s mom …
… Father’s Day was created so dads wouldn’t get left out!
- On Mother’s Day mom’s get treated to dinner out …
… On Father’s day dads get to cook on the grill!
Now for a bit of serious reflection …
Isn’t it just like the world to choose to honor our fathers AND mothers on only ONE day a year when God instructs us to - -
- “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise ;)
“That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
Ephesians 6:2-3 KJV
And what exactly does it mean to HONOR someone?
Our word “honor” is from the Greek word “time” (pronounced tee-may) and it means:
- To value; to esteem; to prize; to count as precious; to give special treatment.
Or we could say it this way:
- To recognize the value of a person; to esteem a person the way God does; to count a person as precious; to give someone special treatment because of these things.
And this we are to do throughout OUR lives, not just the lives of our parents and certainly not on just one day during the year - - but throughout OUR LIFETIME!
Here is a thought to ponder - - if we do not honor our parents, how can we honor God? In his epistle that we call 1 John we find a principle that can be applied to this question:
- V.4 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
In this same vein we can ask this question: If a man does not honor his father and mother whom he/she has seen, how then can he/she honor God whom we have not seen?
Our parents have a certain prized value in our lives – even the parents who were the most horrible parents on earth should receive our honor! How can that be? Well think about it, horrible parents teach us what not to do to our own children!
Now I bring up this point to direct our attention to the fact that God did not say that parents deserve our honor, nor did He tell us to only honor those fathers and mothers who measure up to our standards - - God simply said: “Honor thy father and mother” - - period. THEN God declares a promise for OBEYING HIM … “that it may be well with you and that you and that you may live long on the earth!”
In fact, just how can we show honor to a dad or a mom who was by all counts a really horrible parent?
Remember what honor means - - To recognize the value of a person. God values each person on the earth so much that He extends His offer to bring them into a love relationship and fellowship with HIM and He sent His Son Jesus to accomplish that very thing!
Therefore, regardless of whether they were the most wonderful parents ever or the worst parents imaginable - - if they are not born again, we honor our parents by telling them of God’s offer! We show that we recognize the value of our parents by sharing with them what God offers them through Jesus Christ!
Finally and most importantly, let us remember Who is our TRUE FATHER and let us HONOR HIM above our even our earthly parents on this particular day and then remember to HONOR HIM every day of our lives!
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