Though I don’t usually preach “holiday-specific” messages, I figured I’d at least write a “Father” bulletin article this Father’s Day. Today I want to focus on the fact that if you have received Jesus, God is your Heavenly Father. He’s “God” to the world, but “Father” to the Christian.
Jews may refer to Him as Jehovah, Muslims may refer to Him as Allah, but only the Christian can call him Father because only a Christian has joined His family. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) People in the world like to talk about everyone being a child of God, but it isn’t true. Everyone is a CREATION of God, but only the Christian is a CHILD of God. You have to BECOME a child of God by receiving Jesus. Notice John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
If I told you that I became a computer programmer, it would be implied that at one point I was not a computer programmer, but now I am one. Likewise, if you became a child of God when you received Jesus, it is implied that you once were not one, but now you are one. The religious world doesn’t understand this. In fact, “religious” people can get mad when you tell them that God is your Father. But I don’t have to just address Him as “God” – thank God I have the right now to address Him as Father!
Earthly fathers can blow it, and some people have a hard time relating to God as their Father because when they hear the word “father,” they cringe, thinking of how awful their earthly dad was.
But God is far better than any father on the earth. He’s the only father who never makes a mistake!
Think back when you were younger, so much younger than today. You never needed anybody’s help in any way because your father took care of the bills and made sure there was food on the table. He took care of your living expenses. (I know there are exceptions since some of you might not have had a father, or you had one who was not a good provider.)
Do you realize that the day you asked Jesus into your heart and confessed Him as Lord, God became your Father, and thus responsible for meeting your needs? Read Matthew 6 and see what Jesus said about your Father meeting your needs. That doesn’t mean that you can quit your job and just “believe God” for everything, of course, because although Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, including poverty and sickness, He did not redeem us in this age from the curse on the earth, which includes men having to work for a living. But God is able to supply you with a job, and if you don’t like the one you have, God is able to supply you with a BETTER one! He wants you to trust Him to meet your needs the same way you would expect your child to trust you to take care of all the physical needs in the house.
How many of your children spend all their time worrying about whether you will “bring home the bacon” or not? I doubt they think about it much; they just expect that you’ll do that. We should have the same expectation of our Heavenly Father to provide for us.
You’re on your way out of the prison of worry and fear the day you realize that as a Christian, you have a covenant with God, who cannot break His covenant, and that He is now your source, not man. Glory to God! No longer do you fear the dreaded pink slip, because you know that God can get you another job if you need one. No longer do you worry if Iran threatens to disrupt oil shipments or Ben Bernanke raises interest rates again, because God’s willingness and ability to supply your needs is not limited by anything man does. :”The Lord is my Helper; I shall not fear what man shall do to me.” (Hebrews 13:6)