Do You Know Who Your Father Is? 

“By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil…”  – 1 John 3:10

Have you ever heard the saying, “Like father, like son?” Sometimes, what’s true in the physical is also true in the spiritual. Not only are sons like their physical fathers, but spiritual sons can be like their spiritual fathers. I’ll give you an example.

I oftentimes wear boots because no one needs to see my hairy toes. I’ve been wearing boots since I was a little boy, and someone recently asked me, “Why do you wear boots?” They add an inch, which is helpful because, at this point, my sons are all looking down on me, so I’ll take what I can get. The Bible says the last will be first. Hopefully, my resurrected body will be like eight feet tall, and I can dunk over my sons, but until then, I’ll wear boots. 

The other day, I was thinking about the real reason why I wear boots, and I remembered my dad wore steel-toed boots to work every day as a construction worker, a drywaller. I remember when my mom took me to the store and said, “Marky, here are your tennis shoes,” and I loved and looked up to my dad, so I said, “No, I want boots because I want to be like my dad.” I even got a little lunchbox, toolbox, and hard hat just like him, and when he’d let me, I’d jump in his truck and go to work with him because I wanted to be just like my dad.

The same was true for my grandpa George. He was a diesel mechanic, and he wore the same thing – boots and jeans – although he eventually switched to overalls because he gave up on anything with a waistline. When it came to dessert, he seemed to sing the old worship line, “I surrender all.” I loved my grandpa with all my heart, so I also wanted to be like my grandpa.

Men understand wanting to be like their dads and granddads, but most men don’t like or understand worship. Most men come to church for the sermon and leave when the singing begins. So what does worship look like from a masculine perspective? 

First, it’s important to know that God and Satan are both fathers with sons, so you better make sure you have the right father. Which father you worship determines whose son you become. 

1 John 3:10 says, “By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil…” Here’s the big idea: There are two fathers, and they have sons. Satan is a father, and he has sons. God is a father, and He has sons. So, it’s really important for you to determine who your father is and whose son you are. 

God is a Father, and Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The disciples come to Jesus and ask, in effect, “Teach us how to pray because we don’t know how to do that.” The first thing Jesus says is to pray to “Our Father.” The key is this: if you want to learn how to pray, get to know God as Father. If you want to learn how to worship, which is praying in song, get to know God as Father. Once you know who your Father is, you can become a son who’s like your Father. That’s the essence of prayer and worship. A loved son who has a present father naturally speaks to him, listens to him, and becomes like him. 

Tomorrow we will end the week discussing the importance of knowledge vs. wisdom in a man’s life. 

Take some time today to worship your Heavenly Father and ask Him for help to be more like Him. 

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