Who Needs Your Blessing?

Craig

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September 17, 2012

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baptismMy son honored me this summer by asking me to honor him.

Through a series of circumstances, Conor had never been baptized, though he became a believer in Christ as a young boy. Last month as our whole family enjoyed a reunion at the family camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where Conor accepted the Lord, he asked me to baptize him in the lake. I have never been more honored to pass on a blessing to anyone in my life.

I was reminded that for 30 years Jesus remained virtually unheard of, until he was baptized, and as he rose out of the water, the voice of his Father said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well-pleased.” (Mt. 3:17)  Later, God the Father mentioned the very same words a second time in Jesus’ life in the presence of a few of his followers, with one very profound additional phrase: “Listen to him.” Jesus then went out and became the central figure in world history.

Even the Son of God benefited from words of blessing from his Father. Is it any wonder that perhaps your daughter and son might, too? It’s been said that good parents give their kids both roots and wings. This is one way to do that as a dad, or as an older man in a younger man’s life.   baptism2  

The words of God to his Son demonstrate the key, simple components of blessing:

  • Acceptance– This is my son (or daughter).
  • Affection– Man, I love him!
  • Affirmation– I am so proud of him.
  • Anointing– Listen to him! He brings something to the table.

Men, I urge you, even if you are not a father, think through who would benefit from hearing words like that from you? Your daughter? Your son? Another man? A grandchild? A sibling? Your wife?

Please don’t hesitate; it does not need to be complicated. Jesus’ Father used one sentence. Those words changed the world.

 

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