Being a father is truly one of the greatest joys of my life. When I became a father I knew I had a responsibility to teach my son about God and the gospel. Both Gloria and I wanted him to treasure the truths of God’s Word and to know and love God. I can still remember some of the prayers I prayed for him more than 37 years ago, and I continue to recognize God’s faithfulness in answering those prayers.
Our son is now grown with two sons of his own (and you should know that I always enjoy sharing pictures of my grandsons).
Raising our son was one of the greatest reminders to me of how much our Heavenly Father loves His children and how much I need my Heavenly Father’s strength, guidance and grace every day.
As the day draws near when we will celebrate Father’s Day, I hope that we will take some time to reflect on the goodness of our Heavenly Father.
The Bible gives us so many wonderful names for our God, but one that has always been very meaningful to me is Father.
The Bible teaches us many truths about our Heavenly Father.
We know that our Father loves us unconditionally (Romans 8:38-39) and cares for us (Matthew 11:28-29).
We know that our Father listens to us (Psalm 5:3) and understands our pain (Hebrews 4:15).
The Bible tells us that our Father gives us good gifts (James 1:17; Matthew 7:11), and He also disciplines us (Hebrews 12:4-11) to help us grow in spiritual holiness.
We cannot even begin to fathom the depths of God’s immeasurable love for us. He wants us to know Him intimately as our Father. This Heavenly Father made the greatest sacrifice possible in order to demonstrate His love for sinners – He gave His only son.
For those who trust in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin, God calls His children. Because we demonstrated that act of faith, God has adopted us into His family and made us fellow heirs of His Kingdom.
As a father, I still have much to learn from my Heavenly Father. As a father or father figure, are you following the example of your Heavenly Father and living out His characteristics before your children?
As fathers, our greatest desire should be for our children to know their Heavenly Father. In Psalm 145:4, we learn that “one generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.”
It is our joy to lead our children to Christ, and it is our responsibility to disciple them, so that they can teach their children and their grandchildren, biblical truth. Remember, even the local church cannot take the place of discipleship in the home. This should be a father’s greatest desire as a parent.
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15