A gift for fathers to give on Father’s Day

Posted on June 13, 2014 · Posted in Authority

Dad, Paul says in Philippians that your attitude must be the same as Christ’s. Specifically, you should consider others more important than yourself. This includes your family. Father’s Day is this Sunday. and there is a special note here for you. It is your responsibility to lead your family toward Christ. In particular, this means that you are the one to lead the way in considering others more important than yourself. 

The first person that a father must consider to be of greater importance than himself is his wife. The true test of whether this objective is being met is to ask your wife. Does she think that you consider her to be more important than you. Then, the same test holds true for each of your children. Do you delight in showing each member of your family that they are more important than you are? If Christ came to be a servant, this must be how your family thinks of you. 

Dad, it is all to easy to communicate that you are the most important person in the family. But, leadership is not about you, it is about serving your family. This is what Jesus does for you. 

Christ cares for you in spite of your treatment of him, so you should be able to care for your wife and children by having the same attitude toward them that Christ has toward you. Fathers, God wants you to live out the gospel of Christ to your wife and to your children. The Holy Spirit calls you to show the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ to your family.

Fathers, give your family a gift this Father’s Day. Give them the attitude that was in Christ Jesus!

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus… Philippians 2:3-5

Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.