My Father Is Eternal
32 years ago this month, I lost my earthly father and I miss him every day. We had a rocky and strained relationship, so there is little more than a dull ache when I think of him, most times. However, thinking about these things always make me sad but allows me to understand others who have no father as well. I think many people seek out surrogates because most humans need fathers to thrive. Don’t we all want to thrive? On a more uplifting note, our Heavenly Father is alive and always will be! HE wants us to thrive in HIM! So, let us exalt HIM.
The psalmist says...
“I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” (Ps. 145:1)
An earthly father should be a mirror of Jesus. They should lead, stabilize, and serve the LORD.
We all can and should do that. Fathers and ALL Christians must bear fruit. It shouldn’t be just a name we claim or a bumper sticker we have on our car. We are in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ HIS only son. (John 3:16)
Let us be sincere and truthful in our life with HIM. We must purify ourselves through the stripping away of worldly entanglements. (Hebrews 12)
So as Dads & Moms we must be peacemakers and loving toward our children and others. Kindness is required for relationships to thrive. Additionally, humility is of great value in all of our best relationships. God’s family and our family are much more important than ourselves. Therefore, selflessness is a critical asset too. Sacrifice your time and efforts for your family and God’s.
Now tie all of this to your own place in God’s Family. Being a good parent in your earthly family mirrors God’s love for HIS family. I know that you are able to be great parents! And, guess what? God will sustain you in that mission! When you became a Christian you were adopted by the Father of the entire universe! That is truly magnificent if you ask me.