Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” – Ephesians 6:1-3 (NIV)
We are here today to remember the Lord and honor our earthly fathers. We need to do both. I want us to think about some of the things for which we should say, “Thanks, Dad!”
1. Thanks for material provision
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
– 1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV)
2. Thanks for faithful instruction
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
– Ephesians 6:4 NIV
Parents, don’t be hard on your children. Raise them properly. Teach them and instruct them about the Lord.
– Ephesians 6:4 (CEV)
Don’t keep on scolding and nagging your children, making them angry and resentful. Rather, bring them up with the loving discipline the Lord himself approves. – Ephesians 6:4 (Living Bible)
3. Thanks for godly illustration
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
– 1 Corinthians 11:1
Austin L. Sorensen once said, “A child is not likely to find a father in God unless he finds something of God in his father.”