“The Total Package Dad”

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Since we recently recognized the blessings of both domestic and spiritual motherhood (on Mother's Day), today, I want to honor fatherhood. This focus is especially important, because Father’s Day is tomorrow. So, to get our thinking into gear we must obtain Biblical support for this tribute. And to do so, we can look no further that the following words of the apostle Paul, who said, “… give honor to whom honor is owed” (Romans 13:7). 

Therefore, I will not hesitate in obeying the Scriptures. My father, Jerry Marcellino Sr., is worthy of such honor. Why? Because he was and is a great dad to my brothers and me, especially during our early formative years. Fathers are very important to little guys and our dad fulfilled all the normal duties of providing for our every need, by delivering many hugs and kisses, and playing all kinds of sports with us. My clearest memory of my father is that he rarely missed any of our league games. If we ever had a faithful fan, it was him. This is not to say that he was a perfect father, but he was a man whose open affection toward us and my mother, made us as little boys look favorably upon the institution of marriage. I love my father, and I recognize that it was God’s will for him to be my father, and for this providence, I am eternally thankful. But the Bible does not stop with the provisional father as being the consummate dad. It goes much further, by stating that the “Total-Package-Dad (TPD)” is both a physical AND spiritual provider for his family (1 Timothy 5:8). In other words, the “TPD” father is a Christian father with a great heart. However, BOTH a regenerate, yet spiritually cold-hearted; AND an unregenerate, spiritually hard-hearted father; do not receive Heaven’s imprimatur! This means that God’s profile of true Biblical fatherhood is one that is characterized by an increasingly great, large, teachable, tender, glad and soft-heartedness, toward all men, especially, toward his family, and particularly toward his own children. Such fathers are found everywhere during times of spiritual restoration. These men are affectionately knit-together with their children, and are thereby the spiritual and moral backbone of the holy nation (1 Peter 2:9), and a blessed nation (Psalm 33:12)! Hear the words of the Old Testament prophet Malachi (4:5-6), “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” Dear fathers, Father’s Day is a day to seek the Lord’s face! He can regenerate your hard-heart or revive your cold heart into a “TPD” father (Joel 2:25). There’s always hope with God! Just read the following words of gentle exhortation by G.E. Foster, “O those dear old Bible stories, Psalms that flowed like rippling brooks; warnings, promises, and precepts lived, as father read the book. Satan’s Kingdom round us shook, and our Savior early claimed us because Father read the book ... Let Father read the book, kneel, and pray and read the book; Your Home will be so different, if your Father reads the book.” In conclusion, let us draw near to God, first, by taking heed to our heart preparation today, for encountering the living God tomorrow, in our public Worship service, both through our praises and prayers to Him, with God’s people; and secondly, through our attending to the reading and preaching of His Holy, inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! Soli Deo Gloria! Happy Reformation Year 500!!

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