The Greatest Father’s Day Gift to Give Your Child

It All Comes Down to "Follow Me"

As Father’s Day approaches, instead of thinking of what gift you may get, why not think instead of what gift I could to each of my children. What would be most valuable for my son – my daughter?

After 39 years of being a father, I can think of no better gift than to be a follower of Jesus Christ. That’s what the essence of faith is – simply to obey Christ’s command: “follow me.”

You choose to give that gift and each child you have will benefit greatly for the rest of his or her life. For they will inherit a true Godly legacy from their father.

The most clear and powerful expression of the “follow me” command is found in the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book The Cost of Discipleship.

“And what does the text (Mark 2:14) inform us about the content of discipleship?   Follow me, run along behind me! That is all. To follow in his steps is something which is void of all content. It gives us no intelligible programme for a way of life, no goal or ideal to strive after. …At the call, Levi leaves all that he has – but not because he thinks that he might be doing something worth while, but simply for the sake of the call. Otherwise, he cannot follow in t he steps of Jesus. This act on Levi’s part has not the slightest value in itself, it is quite devoid of significance and unworthy of consideration. The disciple simply burns his boats and goes ahead. He is called out, and has to forsake his old life in order that he may “exist” in the strictest sense of the word. The old life is left behind, and completely surrendered. The disciple is dragged out of his relative security into a life of absolute insecurity (that is, in truth, into the absolute security and safety of the fellowship of Jesus)…It is nothing else than bondage to Jesus Christ alone, completely breaking through every programme, every ideal, every set of laws. No other significance is possible, since Jesus is the only significance. Beside Jesus nothing has any significance. He alone matters.”

That’s what it means to have Jesus as the LORD of your life. It means “follow me.”

Emblazon those words on your soul. Meditate on them every day. Each morning, think and believe, another day to follow Jesus. To see where He leads me.

I find that an exciting prospect. As a dad with the incredible responsibility of bringing my children up “in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4), who else could I possibly follow?

 

 

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