The Ministry of John the Baptist, Pt 3

…thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.  And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.  For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.  And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.  And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children..

Luke 1:13a-17a

One of the important things that John the Baptist was going to do was to “turn the hearts of the fathers to the children.”  That is something we can be doing as well.

At first glance, you wouldn’t think that it would be that special of a thing to “turn the hearts of the fathers to the children.”  You would think that fathers would already have a heart for their children.  But, sadly, that is not always the case.  And, as our society sinks deeper and deeper into sin, I think we will find that fathers not having a heart for their children will become more and more common.

Having fathers step up and do right for their children is desperately needed today.  Imagine the decrease in crime that would occur if fathers would have a heart to help and discipline their children.  Imagine the increase in the morals of the entire country if we had men who would be true fathers to their children.

Fathers with a heart for their children do right.  They lead and guide and teach their children to do right as well.  They discipline and correct their children if and when they do wrong.  Just as our Heavenly Father has a heart for us, let us help earthly fathers (and mothers) to have a heart for their children.  What a blessing that would be!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, this is something that I understand about first hand. It is so important for the fathers (and mothers) to have a heart for their children. Often it makes it hard for the children to come to Jesus when their fathers have not been interested in them. God bless you as you share from His Word!

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    • As a teacher, I wholeheartedly agree. I see kids all the time whose parents just don’t seem interested in them and it’s very sad. A heart for their children should be a mark of all Christian parents.

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