Fathers in the Faith

This weekend, we rightly celebrated the impact of fatherhood. In a day where masculinity is mocked and fathers are portrayed as morons in sitcoms, it is a wonderful thing to take time to reflect upon how God has ordered the home. We thank Him that, in His divine wisdom, He has so chosen to establish the father as the spiritual leader, and we also thank Him for giving us fathers that have stepped up to that role and led families closer to the Lord. We also thank Him for giving us godly men who have acted as fathers in the absence of biological parents. Truly, our God is wise and perfect in His dealings.

How many of us, though, have thanked Him for the spiritual fathers that have birthed us? Paul says that God has given us these things:

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Ephesians 4:11-12

Have we thanked God for the spiritual men and women He has raised up to aid us in our pilgrimage? For the local pastor who tirelessly works to prepare sermons to feed us? For the theologian in history who, once upon a time, risked his life to defend the doctrine we cherish? For the many church leaders who met to formulate statements of faith that we hold as utterly biblical and foundational? Truly, we are a blessed church. Let us thank our God for it.

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