All fathers are male and masculine, anything short of that is abnormal--against God's plan for the family. A father is a developer of his family, that he was created for. The word developer means to cause to grow gradually and continually in larger, fuller and better ways.
Consider what ambassador Paul stated in his first letter to the Corinthians: After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building. We should always give the Lord God the praise for His goodness to us. When you know the Lord God's purpose for your life, you will be the target of the evil one, especially when you are on your assignment. To truly understand the father as the one who develops the family, you must return again to the garden of Eden and remember the Lord God's instructions to Adam. The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. Notice that Adam was alone at that time. Eve hadn't been created as of yet. The Lord God gave this command to Adam, created in God's image. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” NKJV
Here are some characteristics of development: Planning, preparing, planting and protecting. Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there He placed the man He had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. Your family is the crop God has given you responsibility over. Father, as developer, oversees planning, preparing, planting and protecting in his family. Every farmer who develops a crop uses whatever means necessary to protect his crop and to guard against insects, diseases, thieves and vandals. Obeying the Lord God's Word was protection for them. Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” NKJV
Another characteristic is being able to produce. Keep in mind that once the farmer grows a crop, he doesn't just leave it in the field. He harvests it because he has produced fruits or vegetables that can be sold and used. There is a purpose for the harvest. There is a God given order and process. Seed, time and harvest. There is also a God given order and process to procreation. This is why two man can't have children or two women can't have children. It takes a man and a woman to be able to produce children. Two women or two men might decide to raise a child together, but they cannot "make" a baby together. That is the way the Lord God created it to be for all of mankind. Anything else the Lord God calls an abomination. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion. NKJV Then He said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”
The Lord Jesus made it very clear: But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. Just as the Father, our earthly father develops his family--his wife and children. He plans their growth in every aspect of life: physically, intellectually, emotionally and of course spiritually. Do not mistake this responsibility for control. A father doesn't control and force his plan on his family any more than God the Father forces His will upon His children. It is prepared and placed before them to choose.
Development creates an environment that is conducive to learning experiences under the guidance of a father who is filled with the wisdom of the living God through the Holy Spirit. What does an environment that encourages development and growth look like? Well, the father edifies his offspring. Ambassador Paul wrote to the Corinthians: We pray to God that you will not do what is wrong by refusing our correction. I hope we won’t need to demonstrate our authority when we arrive. Do the right thing before we come—even if that makes it look like we have failed to demonstrate our authority. For we cannot oppose the truth, but must always stand for the truth. We are glad to seem weak if it helps show that you are actually strong. We pray that you will become mature.
I am writing this to you before I come, hoping that I won’t need to deal severely with you when I do come. For I want to use the authority the Lord has given me to strengthen you, not to tear you down. Instead of criticism, a father like our heavenly Father, gives constructive correction. I will say that I did not learn this until later in life. Thank You Lord for Your grace and mercy! We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves.
A father understands that some of the most significant learning experiences in life results from some kind of failure. Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
Last, a father understands that the only standard for life is Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God. For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in His steps. He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when He was insulted, nor threaten revenge when He suffered. He left His case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed.
Keep this in mind, every family member is a unique child of the Lord God. Each has a unique and specific purpose for being here. All fathers, like our heavenly Father, are not to show favoritism. They are all equal, but different. Do not squash their destiny under your desires for their future. When speaking to those in the house of Cornelius, ambassador Peter made it very clear: “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation He accepts those who fear Him and do what is right."
Your faith in the Lord Jesus is your greatest asset in the Kingdom.
Genesis 1:26 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 Genesis 2:15-17 Genesis 2:8-9a
Genesis 3:16 Leviticus 18:22-23 John 15:7-8 2 Corinthians 13:7-10
Romans 15:1 1 Peter 2:21-24 Acts 10:34-35
All NLT, unless noted
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