Leaving a Legacy of Faith
As He traveled through Galilee, He came to Cana, where He had turned the water into wine. There was a government official nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die.
Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?” The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my boy dies.” Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home. John 4:46-50 NLT
Every father leaves a legacy throughout his life, not only to his family, but anyone he comes into contact with. I am convinced that the greatest legacy that my father left was a legacy of faith. He was not a minister but a man who took his Christian faith very seriously. He did not leave vast land holdings; he did not leave huge insurance policies, he did not leave large blocks of stocks. But… he left a legacy of faith that will always challenge and inspire each of his family members and those he came into contact with. A father’s faith lives forever in the minds and lives of his children.
There are times when a father’s faith makes requests of the Lord in the interest of his family. This is the case of the unnamed nobleman in John 4. At the outset, his faith was only that Jesus could work a miracle and save his son’s life. But under the skillful hand of Jesus, his faith developed more completely.
When we pursue faith during frightening times, we need an example of faith. We need to know that in his own experience at least one other person has expressed faith. And on Father’s Day, there is no better place to turn for an example of faith than to a father’s faith. Faith is the greatest legacy a father can leave his family.
A father approaches the Lord in faith. By faith the father approached God for help. Even though at first his faith was not spiritually motivated. He was making a desperate plea for help. Our approach to Christ for help may not always be properly motivated, but God can take an imperfect approach and turn it into a perfect blessing.
The approach of faith believes God’s power. This man did not know Jesus, but he did have confidence in His power. Belief in the power of God may be our greatest ally in life. Moses believed the power of God in the face of seemingly unconquerable obstacles and through God’s power he led the children of Israel out of Egypt.
The approach of faith accepts God’s opportunities. Jesus gave this nobleman an opportunity to act in faith. Repeatedly God gives us opportunities to act in faith. We must accept the challenges and opportunities that God has given us and exercise faith.
Respond today to the voice of God challenging you, as fathers, to leave a legacy of faith wherever you go.