I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

John 17:4-5 KJV

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and the merchant’s marketing efforts are in full swing. Specially-priced cologne packages, complete with bonuses are given prime space on perfume counters normally designated for women. If you subscribe to emails from department or “big box” stores, you’re being inundated with gift ideas considered just right for the Dads, Grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles, pastors and other men of distinction in our lives. Electronics, pens, wallets (with money in them, of course!), suits, shirts, slacks, dress shoes, Jordan’s, ties – even socks – are touted as “the perfect gift.”

I don’t begrudge the men these niceties, particularly those men who are present and accounted for, taking an active role in the lives of the loved ones who look up to them and depend on them. We extol the virtues of motherhood (and we should), yet we must also give men their props. I want to give a hearty “shout out” and pray blessings upon these often silent soldiers who seldom look for accolades and attention. Instead, they go out on the front lines to work on white collar jobs and blue collar jobs; many of them working long, hard hours. They bring their paychecks home and view their ability to take care of their family as an integral part of their manhood. Brothers, we salute you, support you, and give glory to God for you!

As I think of the men who are committed to working and fulfilling their God-ordained roles, I can’t help but think of the excellent example set by Jesus. The only begotten Son of God, our Savior viewed His work as a means of glorifying the Father. Healing the sick, raising the dead, giving sight to the blind and bringing salvation and deliverance to a sin-cursed world was Jesus’ divinely-appointed work, delegated to Him before the foundation of the world. Even though He knew His work on earth ultimately led to a cruel, tortuous death on a Roman cross, Jesus joyfully exclaimed, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” (Hebrews 10:9)

The theme of finishing the work, and by doing so glorifying the Father, resonates throughout the 17th chapter of the book of John. Knowing His time of crucifixion – and glorious resurrection – was at hand, Jesus was secure in the knowledge He was glorifying the Father. Just as Jesus finished His divine work and glorified the Father, the earthly work done by godly men also glorifies the Father. Divine work; earthly work – may it all be done for the glory of the Father! Be Blessed.

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