In this issue I’ve chosen to step away from the theme of Trailblazers of the BMA of Arkansas. Instead, I want to focus on this coming Sunday — particularly, about Father’s Day. I want to focus our attention on the Supreme Father — Jehovah God, our Heavenly Father.
Please do not be offended, but I think we have come to a place where many take our Heavenly Father for granted. “Tom, what are you saying?” you may ask. There are several indicators of the error.
In public prayer, our reference to God has been to use the term “Father” as merely a filler. When Jesus gave the example as to how to pray, He addressed His Father only once. As we follow that example, we recognize that it only takes one time to “get God’s attention.” To begin every sentence, every request, with “Father,” or “Father God” or even “Heavenly Father,” in my opinion, is to reduce the title of Father to mere vain repetition. With our Father in Heaven, we do not have to “fill in” and be overly concerned about our much speaking in prayer.
Personally, I have never had much appreciation for young men and women who referred to their fathers as “my old man.” However, I hear many refer to the Heavenly Father as merely “The Man Upstairs.” The God of Creation, the Provider of Salvation, deserves much more respect!
As I was “just thinking” about the relationship I had with my earthly father, I think my relationship with God as my Heavenly Father should exceed that. There was never a day in the 34 years I knew Jesse Mitchell that he did not have my total respect. My Heavenly Father should certainly have no less.
I could talk to my dad about anything, and I can definitely do the same with my Father in Heaven. My dad was always there when I needed him. When I was four years old, I fell into a small pond while my family was fishing. Dad was on the other side of a barb wire fence. I was totally submerged, to get to me, he ripped his pants leg and gashed his leg deeply. Nothing was going to stop him from jumping in and rescuing me from drowning. As a result, I am alive today.
When I was sinking deep in sin, my Heavenly Father rescued me. He sent His Son to bleed and die for me. As a result, I will live forever with my Heavenly Father. And, as a result, I will see the man who was my earthly father again in Heaven.
I owe so much to my earthly father; because of him I was born.
But I owe so much more to my Heavenly Father; because of Him, I’ve been born again!
This coming Sunday (Father’s Day) is a perfect time for us to look toward Heaven and tell the God who provides for us and sustains us that He is a good, good Father. No, make that the Perfect Father who never fails us!
On Father’s Day, many children present their dads with gifts. What gift does the Heavenly Father need or want? I think the gift that Paul recommended might be just exactly what we should give the Heavenly Father: “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” (Rom. 12:1).