“Honor your Father…” ~Exodus 20:12
All of us have to honor our fathers, even if they are not honorable.
I am blessed to have a father worth honoring.
In a world where so many dads are divorcing their wives and abandoning their kids, my dad truly stands out as different.
My dad is an example to me.
For 20 years he taught me the Bible as I was growing up. And he didn’t just tell me what to do, he showed me how to do it.
I am not the only one who thinks my father is worth honoring.
For 20 years my dad has been preaching the word as the pastor of Believer’s Fellowship in San Antonio, Texas. This weekend his church had a special service to honor him. They flew me and my two brothers and our families out to be there. They even asked me to preach.
All of us have to honor our fathers, but not all of us “get to.” Especially when he is sitting in the front row.
After the service, the elders asked my dad and mom to come up on the platform. They gave them a generous gift that everyone in the church contributed to. Then the entire room stood up and started clapping. There is only one word to describe watching my dad and mom receive a standing ovation:
“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses,
entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” ~2 Timothy 2:2
My dad has proven himself to be a faithful man. And like every faithful man he has been fruitful to teach others also. I am one of them. He put the word near to my heart from a young age.
I can still remember one day as a boy when I heard my dad and another man talking. The man said to my dad, “But what does it even mean to be a Christian?”
I looked up to see my dad answer. “You know what Jesus says: to deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me.”
The man replied, “Yeah, but who does that?”
I wish I could go back to that conversation. I wish I could show the other man what my dad would do with his life. How he would move our family to Texas to become a pastor. How there would be a bad church split but I would never hear my dad say anything bad about anybody. How after coming back to California, my dad would go back to his church in Texas because the pastor who replaced him did not work out.
I wish I could show him how my two brothers and I would become pastors, following in our father’s footsteps.
I wish I could show him the standing ovation after 20 years of faithfulness.
“Yeah, but who does that?”
I wish I could tell him: My Dad.