Jill Briscoe tells this about herself.  She said that, when she was growing up, she was not a “good kid.”  She ran with the wrong people and did the wrong things.  One day, she said, she was with some of her friends when her older sister walked by.  Her sister saw who she was with and called her off to the side.  “Jill,” her sister said, “If you get pregnant, it will kill your father.”   Jill said that she thought about that a long time…because she loved her father deeply.

A couple of weeks later she said she was with her boyfriend and he was trying to get her to ‘go to bed’ with him.  He tried everything and finally said, “The only reason you won’t do it is because of what your father will do to you if you do.”

“No,” she said,”that isn’t true.  The reason I won’t do it is because of what I would do to my father.”

Jill then points out that the motivation for Christian faithfulness is not what our heavenly Father will do to us if we aren’t faithful…but what we do to Him when we aren’t.

We play life before the audience of ONE.  God sees and knows all.   We do not kid Him nor hide anything from Him.  He knows our heart (mind).  I believe that we will be judged, not by outward deeds as much as by thoughts, intents and motives of the heart.  “What a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”   Think right and do right.   We live in the direction of our thoughts.  Someone has said, “You may not be what you think you are, but you are what you think.”

Remember when David finally confessed his sin of adultery, he said to God,  “Before you and you only have I sinned.”   Of course, he had sinned against his own body, defiled Bathsheba and shamed Israel but David knew that the real sin was against God.

As Christians, children of God, we  need to always be thinking how to please our Heavenly Father.  When we sin, disobey God, we not only hurt ourselves and others but most of all we hurt, disappoint God.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.”     Romans 12: 1-2

We need always to THINK about what we say and do as to what it will do to our FATHER.
Practice the presence of  God.



2 Responses to “WHAT WILL IT DO TO MY FATHER?”

  1. Another beautiful day ! Great worship service, and so many loving people. We had an addition to our Church family this morning, and one last Sunday too !! Thank you Max for this sweet reminder. That is what kept me on the straight and Narrow growing up !! Not only did I not want to disappoint my mom or dad, but most of all Jesus ! My mother would remind me “Remember ,Joann you are taking Jesus with you” ! May God continue to bless you as you remind us of so many truths !!
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  2. Excellent as usual. Sent to my family with a note on
    Brother Lawrence and his beautiful practice of God.
    Thanx Max Dr. K

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