If we want to know the real nature of a Father, we are to look at Jesus. He came as the express image of God to reveal the nature of His Father. Every deed, every word, every expression was exactly what God, the Father would have done. Jesus said he who has seen me has seen my Father.
Father’s Day may be a Hallmark creation it is still a biblical principal that can only begin with my heart towards God, learning to hold His value for all. We see from Revelation 4:17“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” We are commanded to honor our Fathers and Mothers for it is the first commandment with promise from Ephesians.
Honor is a tricky thing because ,while it is something we are entitled to, we can’t demand it. It’s like love, freely given because it is in the heart of a man. We are commanded to honor everyone from 1 Peter 2:17 simply because of their human value.
If we live doing all lives for the glory of God, who gets the glory and honor? Does it truly belong to Him for He is the one who has first made us, then graced us and strengthens us daily to do His will. Paul asks the question in 1 Corinthians 4:7. What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?
When Peter wrote his second letter we learn we are called to His own glory and excellence.
When we value and esteem our Heavenly Father and his creation, honor is easily seen and taught in our homes. We find a culture of honor being created within our sphere of influence which is always, first and foremost, our homes. The epistle of James reminds us every good and perfect gift comes from THE Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. He is consistent and dependable. He does not lie. He does not change. He is always good and good to all.
Hebrews 12:9 tells us our word respect from the Greek means reverence. There is a place every natural Father deserves this honor and respect and He will have it as he is able to love as He loves and can say like Jesus, He who has seen me has seen THE Father.
My prayer for all Fathers today is for the honor due them to be given to them. May we start with honoring our Father in Heaven, the Father of our spirits, who has given us life and may His name be glorified in us and through us in word and deed.