“In Memory Of Dad”

Posted: June 6, 2014 in Christian Life, Fathers, Salvation, Success

“A successful businessman had what he considered to be his greatest stroke of luck: an angel visited him and promised to grant him one wish. The man asked for a copy of the business news one year in the future. As he received it and began to pore over the stock market pages, he drooled as he thought of the killing he would make with his insider knowledge of the future. Then his eyes happened to glance across the page to see his own name–in the obituary column! His perspective and goals for the coming year were suddenly changed as he realized his own mortality.” – Steven Cole, “Epitaph Of A Truly Successful Man”

      Certainty. Someday we who are fathers will exit the stage of life and leave behind a legacy for our children. A few children will be left with great fortunes while others will be left with debts that need to be paid. Some of us will die in disgrace and full of regrets while others will pass away with dignity and happy memories. Everyday that we live, we or others are writing a page that will become a part of our autobiography or biography. God is also keeping a record of everything we think, say, and do (Revelation 20:12; Romans 14:12). He’s omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24). Would you want Him to include your story in the pages of the Scriptures – warts and all?

      Purpose. One of the purposes of the Old Testament was to give us hope (Romans 15:4). Since God kept His promises to the Jews, we can count on Him to fulfill all the promises that He has made to us too. Do you know and claim them and are you enjoying the Faith/Rest life right now (Hebrews 3, 4)? Do you have the peace of God (Philippians 4:6, 7)? Are you trying to claim the ones that were given exclusively to the Old Testament believers? If you are, you’ll be disappointed.

      Change? Most of us fathers probably believe that if we had to do it all over again, we’d do some things differently. But that isn’t possible. We can’t change the past but we can do something about today and tomorrow if God allows us to live another day on this earth. If we’re saved, perhaps we need to begin by confessing our known sins to God and then claiming His forgiveness (1 John 1:9) and, if necessary, confess our sins and shortcomings to our children too (James 5:16). If you’re not saved, begin by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). He’ll forgive you and make you a part of God’s family (Ephesians 1:7).

      Examples. Within the pages of the Scriptures we have many examples of fathers who did well and others who failed miserably. Even if we feel like we’ve done poorly in the past, we can/should do our best to make whatever time we have left here on earth good days, months, or years that will bring glory to God and joy and blessings to others (1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

      Success. “Success is the continuing achievement of becoming the person God wants you to be and accomplishing the goals God has helped you set.” – Charles Stanley. Let’s consider the life of Joseph whom most of us would say was successful in what he did in life (Genesis 30-50).

      God’s Will. He grew up in a dysfunctional family and was hated by his brothers, who sold him as a slave. Then he was imprisoned unjustly for crimes he didn’t commit, and forgotten by one to whom he had shown a favor. But he maintained his faith in God and served Him and others well (Genesis 39:20-41:14; Acts 7:9-14).

      Used. God used him to preserve the lives of the Hebrew people (Romans 9:27). He gave special promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  The Jews needed to be kept separated from their pagan neighbors in Canaan and Egypt (Genesis 45:10; 47:1). Keep in mind that God also gave some promises to the sons of Ishmael and his descendants (Genesis 16:7-12; 17:20; 25:12-18). The Arabs are very wealthy today and possess much territory because of God’s promises.

     Marriage. Even though Pharaoh gave to Joseph a wife who was the daughter of the priest of On (Genesis 41:45), Joseph, no doubt, taught her and their sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, about the true and living God and the promises that He had made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Joseph enjoyed his sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and lived to be 110 years old.

      Forgiveness. Realizing that God had a greater plan, Joseph was willing to forgive his brothers for the evil that they had done to him (Genesis 45:5-7; 50:20). Since God has forgiven us the huge debt we owe to Him, believers should be ready and willing to forgive others when they ask for forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32). Even if others never admit their guilt, don’t take vengeance into your own hands. Leave that to God. Jesus, as the God-man, is the righteous Judge (John 5:22; Romans 12:19; 2 Timothy 4:8).

      Hope. Joseph made it clear that the Jews were not to leave his body in Egypt, but were to take it with them back to the land that God had promised to them (Genesis 50:24, 25; Hebrews 11:22). When the Jews finally left Egypt, they took Joseph’s coffin with them to demonstrate their faith in God’s promise (Exodus 13:19). Even though the Jews are temporarily set aside by God and this time (Romans 9-11), God is not done with them as a nation. The Church has not replaced Israel. He will give to the believing Jews (Zechariah 12:10; 14:1-21; Matthew 23:39) all the land that was promised to them (Genesis 15:18-21; Matthew 5:5).

      Vapor. Since we don’t know how much time we have left on earth, let’s treat each day as though it were our last day. Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away (James 4:14). If God keeps us alive on earth (Acts 17:28), there are things that He wants us to do to touch and influence the lives of others. Don’t forsake the church’s assembly meetings (Hebrews 19:24, 25). Attend them to be blessed and to bless others.

      Inheritance. What will you pass on to your children? Are you more concerned about their physical or spiritual well being (1 John 2:15-17)? How much time do you spend with God in His Word, in prayer, and with other believers (Psalm 1:2; 1 Timothy 4:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)? How are you spending the resources that God gave to you (1 Corinthians 4:2, 7)? What kind of words come out of your mouth (Psalm 19:14; Ephesians 4:29)? How do you treat your wife and your children’s mother (1 Peter 3:7; Ephesians 5:25)? How do you handle the trials of life – with faith or fear (Hebrews 11:6; James 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:7)? Would you be happy if your children mirrored your life (1 Corinthians 11:1)? Do your actions match your words (Matthew 24:51)?

      Change. It is possible with God’s help (Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 3:20; 1 John 4:4). Will you trust in the Lord with all your heart? Will you learn on yourself or on God to direct your path (Proverbs 3:5, 6)? “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

      Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). You may contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at http://www.kelseypeach.com.

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