by Ken Trivette

Are You a Father Yet?
Ken D. Trivette
I John 2:12-14

1. If you are a father, then I know that you have felt like one father I heard about. His 2 children had talked their mother into letting them get a hamster. She agreed to let them have it as long as they took care of it. They got the hamster and named him Danny. But as all parents know, it is not long before the parents are taking care of the pets...The mother found a new home for the hamster...When the children came home, she told them she had found a new home for Danny. The children took the news better than she thought they would. She had expected them to start crying and begging to let them keep the hamster. Instead they just sat there and said very little. One child said: ''But mom, we will miss him.''...''Yes, we will, but he is too much work for one person, and since I am that person, I say he has to go.'' The other child said, ''Well, maybe if he didn't eat so much and wouldn't be so messy we could keep him.'' ...The mom was firm and said: ''It's time to take Danny to his new home. Go and get his cage.'' When she said that, the children started crying hysterically: ''Danny? We thought you said Daddy!''

2. I'm sure that some of the dad's in this place have felt at times that the kids would rather give you up than the family pet.

3. In our text we see that John speaks of ''father's'' as the ultimate example of spiritual growth and maturity. He reminds us what the ultimate goal is for spiritual growth.

I Peter 2:2 ''As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby.''

4. Notice 3 descriptions: ''Little Children, Young Men, Fathers.''



1. (Little Children) = ''infant ones''... Those that are convert. It is someone who has just come into possession of spiritual life.

2. Now when one is born physically, there is not a lot of understanding or comprehension...The same is true s ...

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