I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
3 John 4
Happy Father’s Day!
We are living in a time in which the family unit has broken down. We have come to a place where mothers and fathers are often not present at the dinner table. With this weekend being the day we celebrate fathers it can also be a weekend of great sadness instead of celebration. If you are feeling that pain and sadness (for whatever reason), know that it is okay to feel sad. However, know that God is always there as a shoulder to cry on because He is the Everlasting Father.
Today we are going to examine another benefit of the Holy Spirit from 1 Corinthians 12
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret?
1 Corinthians 12:27-30
The benefit of the Holy Spirit kybernēseis (koo-ber’-nay-sis) translated in the NIV as guidance, in the ESV as administrating, in the NLT as leadership, and in the KJV as governments.
It being Father’s day weekend; I believe this is a very important benefit for every father and every man who wants to follow what God has given them to do.
Men have a vital role to play in life. It is clear through Scripture there are special roles designed for men and women. In a marriage, family, church, and community; God has created men and women different so that He can display all of His amazing characteristics.
There is a misunderstanding today that men and women need to be the same. The problem with this is
When God created man (mankind), He made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, He called them, “man.”
If men and women where the same they would be the same, but God created as two distinct types of mankind, BOTH in the likeness of God. God gave special gifts and abilities to each men and women. They are different, but equal. This is clear because if both are in the likeness of image of God; then both have reflections of the creator who is perfect. God doesn’t have better or worse parts of Himself, but He is equal and perfect in every aspect. Men and women are always equal in their different aspects of the perfect creator.
Because of these differences men are designed to fit a role. This foundation must be understood before we can find the importance of the benefit of guidance, government, leadership, or administration for the man, husband, and father.
There is a picture of the family unit God gave us in Colossians
18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
In this passage it seems to show there are different roles in the family. Each part of the family has a role to play in order to help the family function how God created it too. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians helps us to better understand the role of men.
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” a 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 5:21-33 & 6:1-4
Husbands and fathers are instructed to be the head of the household and to show mercy and useful instruction for their children. This is why we must rely on the Holy Spirit for the benefit of leadership or government.
In the family, as well as, outside the family a man has been designed to lead. However, creation has been inflected with sin and we are no longer the perfect leaders we where designed to be.
But as fathers, husbands, job owners, employees, students, church members, or wherever you are you can be the greatest leader God has designed you to be if you have the power of the Holy Spirit working through you.
If we attempt to lead the way we are designed to lead we will fail every time.
This is because the responsibility and burden is overwhelming. kybernēseis also can be translated as steering or piloting. The concept of a ship needing to head in the direction God is giving them. If we are attempting to steer our families, church, community we will struggle without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
Allow Jesus to be your strength as you work on guiding, leading, and governing. We find that one of the main reasons He came was to give us the ability as men to succeed.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Christ is our true leader and if we allow His strength to steer our families, churches, and communities we with thrive in peace knowing that it is in His strength that we govern our families.
Without Christ as our strength we will become overwhelmed, stressed out, and fall to the power of sin in our lives and the world. But with Christ you can be the father, husband and leader you were designed to be.
For Jesus said…
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Jesus Christ will take your leadership on His shoulders and will walk hand in hand with you to accomplish the vision, dream, and hopes God has given you as a man.
With the weight of the world on your shoulders remember that Christ through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit will give you peace and rest if you yoke or lock arms with Him as the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace!
Ask God to give you the gift of peace and rest through the gift of the guidance or leadership. If is not you it is the power of Christ through the Holy Spirit in you!
Lastly, this benefit is for all who long to lead or guide with peace and hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. If your family unit does not look like it does in Colossians know that if you take the yoke of Christ; He will work in your family in mighty ways.
3 John 4 is not a father talking to children, but it is the heart of a leader who has seen others grow in the church setting. As the family of God; find those people who lead and guide through the power of the Holy Spirit to help you grow in your abilities. This is why it is important for men in the family, but also vital in the church.
We must build each other up in the Most Holy Faith as brothers and co-labors in and outside the family. This is a great responsibility for each, but if we are yoked with Christ it will not be too much to bear. God created each man to have the heart and burden of the Everlasting Father. Whether you have physical or Spiritual children; allow the Holy Spirit to give you the benefit of guidance to help guide others in what the Lord is speaking.