As fathers, we hold a special responsibility to lead our kids. It's our calling to lead well. Our words and actions carry weight.
In this post, we take a look into what God said to his own son, Jesus. The words God says are the words every kid longs to hear from their dad. What are those words? Let's dig in.
John looked at Jesus as if he were joking. Droves of people had found their way out to the wilderness to hear John’s teaching and many of them were baptized by him, So much so that he was gaining a reputation as the Baptizer. But Jesus was different. John knew who Jesus was. Who he really was. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he tried to talk Jesus out of it, “so why are you coming to me.” After some gentle nudging from Jesus, John surrendered and baptized the Son of God.
As Jesus rose from the waters, God the Father did something that is rarely recorded in scripture, He spoke audibly to the huddled masses for all to hear. And this is what He said:
"This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” —Matthew 3:17 NLT
As fathers, we need to take special note of what God said here because they are the very words that every kid longs to hear from their dad. Seeking how to be a godly dad, we understand that a father’s words carry weight so let’s all learn from this example because in this simple statement, God speaks three vital truths:
1. The godly father says: "You are mine."
God tells Jesus whose he is and who he belongs to. Jesus is claimed. In front of the great crowds that have flooded to the wilderness to see John the Baptist, God steps forward, points Jesus out, and says, “That’s my boy.” Our kids need to know that we value them. That we have no problem—in front of any crowd—stepping forward and claiming them as our own. The godly dad understands this.
2. The godly father says: "I love you."
This should be a no-brainer but, for whatever reason, dads can be a bit stingy with this phrase. It is certainly vital that we show our kids we love them but it is equally important that we tell them we love them. These three words can never be said enough. God the Father and God the Son have some sort of mysterious relationship that goes well beyond human comprehension. Without a doubt, Jesus knew that God loved him more than you and I can ever fully understand and yet, God still said the words.
3. The godly father says: "I am proud of you."
God tells Jesus that He is “well pleased” (ESV) with him. He is proud of His Son and He wants Jesus and everyone else to know it. Keep in mind that Jesus is at the starting point of his earthly ministry. He has yet to forgive any sin or preform any miracles, which means that God’s pride is not dependent on Jesus’ performances. In other words, Jesus didn’t earn God’s favor. We need to make sure our kids know that we are proud of who they are not just their performances.
Let’s speak these words of God often to our own kids. Say them today and every day after. In doing so, we will give our children a earthly reflection of who their Heavenly Father is. We give them a godly father.
This is a guest post from Eric Ballard. Eric is a youth and college pastor in Texas where he lives with his beautiful wife and two daughters. He is the author of several books and loves the Mississippi State Bulldogs, where he attended college for too many years. Because of an illustrious soccer career that was cut too short, most nights, Eric still sits by the phone waiting for the Houston Dynamo to finally call him up. Find him at ericrballard.com.
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