John the Revelator said, “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?” The ministry of true fathers in our lives is to lead us into our own walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. They are not in our lives to replace the Lord.
All true fathers know that they are called to represent the Lord- not to replace Him! As a result, they are careful not to show themselves to men but the Lord! Let us see a few scriptures in this regard: 2 Thessalonians 3:9 says, “Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves examples unto you to follow us.” Hebrews 6:10-12 says, “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shown towards His name, in that ye have manifested to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that everyone of you do show diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promise.”
Here, we are commanded to follow men who through faith and patience obtained the promise of God. And just as God Himself gave Abraham as a good example, He will give you your own example to follow among men. I trust God that at the end of this month you would see that imitation is a crucial part of the Call of God upon every believer for proper growth and development of the Christ life.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank You for raising true fathers to model Your ways for me. I receive grace to learn what You are teaching me through them in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua2:24, Luke 13:22-14:6, Psalm 79:1-13, Proverbs 12:26