Honoring Our Father

Malachi 1:6

A son honors his father. If then I am a father, where is the honor due me? says the Lord.

Philippians 2:11

Every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

AEC Bahn, Timothy, USNR, becomes Ensign Bahn, Timothy, USN, aboard USS Midway Museum - 1 June, 2015

A proud papa moment for me as my son, a newly-commissioned US Navy ensign receives his first salute (part of the formal commissioning ceremony) from his younger US Army brother.

They say that my sons look just like me. Whether or not that’s good or bad, I am happy to claim them as mine, and I hope they are proud of their dad. Certainly we each have our flaws, but as followers of Jesus Christ and men who bear the same last name, we have a bond that is not unimportant. My father gave me the last name and a strong sense of integrity and Christian ethos. I could have rejected his name and values, and denied my identity as his son. But I did not. Rather I took those and shaped them in my own unique way. I believe my sons are doing the same.

Such it is for all of us with regard to our heavenly Father. He gives us his name in baptism, “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” He calls us to follow his Son and even to bear Jesus’ name as key to our identity. As sons and daughters of the heavenly Father we express our identity in obedience to his commandments and alignment with his will. But this is key: we do not gain our identity by obedience and alignment. We gain our identity as a gift of God. We embrace that and express it by faithful obedience. We honor our heavenly Father whenever we believe his word, follow his Son, and declare his glory to the world.

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