Fathers Day 2k11
June 20, 2011 § 1 Comment
Colossians 3:21 – “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
As fathers day 2011 comes to a close, I wanted to bring up a different perspective on the day. As I drove home in the car today from Mobile, Alabama I began to ponder the meaning of fathers day and how it relates to christianity.
So, you probably spent the day or a meal honoring your father- cell phone free, sports filled, high calorie meal. Maybe you even bought him a gift or wrote him a card or for some you did nothing. You took the time out of your day to make some gesture of appreciation for your father. But, when was the last time you had a fathers day for your heavenly father?
As with most holidays, we act a certain way only on that holiday. We only give each other gifts on their birthdays, we only get together as a whole family during thanksgiving, and we only put down our busy work schedule during christmas week. We act a certain way because of a certain day.
We neglect our heavenly father 365 days of the year. We forget that the entire reason we have our fathers day celebration with our dad is because our heavenly father allows us. Much like our trends for buying gifts, only being on holidays, we only spend time in church with our heavenly father on holidays– easter and christmas eve.
We act like we want to give our life to Christ on those days, we act like we are genuinely interested in having a relationship with our heavenly father because it’s our day to act a certain way. We attend church on easter and christmas eve in hopes of appeasing our heavenly father because it’s His national holidays– just like we honor our dads on their one day of the year.
As any wise-man would tell you, it takes more effort than 1 day out of the 365 of the year to have a relationship with your dad. More effort is required than slapping a steak on the grill and putting it on his plate and going back to your phone conversation to actually make your dad feel special. We tell ourselves that the only way we get a reaction is by doing an action for our dad. However, that’s not what our Heavenly Father wants…
Titus 3:5 goes on to tell us that there is nothing that we can do to earn our salvation (approval of God our Father) to get into heaven. We get lost in transition between our thoughts on earning our earthly fathers respect and love and our heavenly fathers respect and love.
God isn’t after our good works, He’s after a life full of love and compassion on those around us, so that He might be glorified by our life- not us. God is after us to pursue our purpose in life, according to His will for our life, and to use the gifts He gave us to accomplish the task at hand. God doesn’t want us merely wasting our time by trying to earn our way into heaven through good works, it’s why He sent His son Jesus to die for us, so that we wouldn’t have to waste our time worrying about earning salvation and a chance to spend eternity in Heaven. God is giving us the green light to run after our calling in our life and hold nothing back.
God isn’t a fan of a holiday-attitude lifestyle towards His plan for our life. He wants us to act a certain way on every day, not just one day. Much life we sacrifice our time and money for our fathers on fathers day, God expects us to sacrifice our life, finances, relationships, and attitude for the furthering of His kingdom- not our kingdoms.
My challenge is this: Live out fathers day everyday for your Heavenly Father, not just June 19th for your earthly father. When someone asks you why you have such joy or why you’re doing what you’re doing, tell them today is Fathers day. I promise it will begin a conversation that you will never forget.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed,
… say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.”