A Father’s Pride, Evans Olang

Matthew 17:5, “…This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”

Parents love to brag about their children especially when they are doing well. I have seen bumper stickers say “proud parent of …”. I know of no parent who would brag about their stubborn, rebellious, ungrateful, un loving, unforgiving child. They love them for sure, they just do not have something in their lives to brag about. Parents take pride in their children when they honor them by how they live their lives.

Imagine our Heavenly Father bragging about His Son and not just His Son but His beloved Son. As Jesus was getting baptized, the Holy Spirit descended on Him in form of a dove and God spoke, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”, Matthew 3:17. Again before Jesus is taken away to be crucified, a voice comes from heaven to three of His disciples Peter, James and John saying , “…This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”, Matthew 17:5. The Son pleased the Father by representing Him here on earth and doing what the Father sent Him to do. You do not hear Him talk about Adam the same way. That is why Adam was God’s son, Jesus was (is) His only begotten Beloved Son. He brought Glory and Honor to the Father. He did that which pleased the Father in deed, thought and word.

Let us take a few lessons from a blessed father partly because of his son. If you remember Joseph in the book of Genesis, he became a slave after being sold by his brothers into Egypt. After many years, he became the ruler of all Egypt (like a prime minister), he encounters with his brothers who sold him, he forgives them, he then asks of his father’s wellbeing. They tell him everything about his father’s doing. The father gets the news and comes to join him. Here are my points in relation to Jacob and his son Joseph.

1. Christian fathers’ spirits are revived and stay revived when they know their children are spiritually alive (saved), Proverbs 23:24, “The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice…” Read how Joseph’s living made an impact in Jacob’s life , Genesis 45:27-28, “27 But when they told him all the words which Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived. 28 Then Israel said, “It is enough. Joseph my son is still alive… It was hard for my parents to see their son (me) not saved while the rest of my family were, but when I became a Christian, I could tell their spirit revived, their son who was once dead in sin, was now alive in Christ.

2. Fathers take pride in knowing their children are blessed by God in every aspect of their lives (spiritually, economically, health, socially, emotionally etc.). Hard work, diligence, striving to maintain a good name blesses the Father.

3. Fathers delight in knowing their children will be a blessing to each other and to him. In other words, a father never desires division in the family. It is a blessing for a father to see his children work out things he has taught them. Jacob did not tell Joseph to forgive his brothers, Joseph saw everything through the eyes of God, forgave them and blessed them. Genesis 46:11-12, “11 And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. 12 And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father’s household, with bread, according to their families”

4. Fathers take pride when respected by those who have encountered with their children. Genesis 47:7-10, “7 Then Joseph brought in his father Jacob and set him before Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 8 Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How old are you?” 9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.” 10 So Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh”. I believe that through the life of Joseph, Pharaoh the king had tremendous respect for Jacob though he had just met him, and Jacob blessed the king. Pharaoh would have loved a portion of the blessings Joseph had due to his excellent spirit. We know where he drew it from.

Jesus brought honor to His father, so was Joseph and so should we today. I want my father to take pride in my salvation, delight in God’s favor and blessing upon my life, be blessed through God’s blessing in my life, blessed by the unity among his children and respect from those I have encountered with because I represented him well. What is your prayer?, blessings, Ev

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