This Past Sundays Message came out of Luke 11:11-13
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
In todays world a child having access to their father in the family home is a rarity. For a child to have access to an earthly father at all is uncommon.
As long as we have breath in our lungs and/or we are Christ followers we have access to our Heavenly Father. He hears our prayers and gives us good gifts. But, God expects men to take responsibility for their children and raise them in a loving family unit. It is his plan for the Father to be the spiritual head of the house hold.
I think if you had to summarize all the responsibilities a father has for his children down to 3 points they would be.
1. A father is to makes provision for his children
2. A father is to teach his children about Jesus and God's Word
3. A father is to love his children as Christ loves him.
As fathers we try to give our children what they ask for and above all what is best for them. Our father in heaven modeled this perfectly for us in the person of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus makes provision for us. The Bible says, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." (Mat 5:6) Also, it says, "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." Romans 10:13 says "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Jesus continually speaks the Gospel message and In doing so teaches us his children about God, His Word, and His Kingdom.
Jesus loves perfectly and cares were you spend your eternity. He stepped down out of Heaven into this world, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, took our punishment, died on the cross, and arose out of the grave three days later to pay for our sin.
What a difference it would make in the world we live in if all earthly fathers were to follow Jesus's example. I urge all fathers to first submit to Jesus and ask him to be Lord of your life, get into the Word, spend time in Prayer, and model Jesus to your children. If you are not a father I urge you to pray for and encourage all the father I your life.