Blessed with a Real Father

By Michael Christian

As Jesus walked the earth, He shared his way of living with his disciples, who lived and walked alongside Him. He frequently spoke of the invisible God, whom He called His Father. Of all the names of God, Father is the most important. When we are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, He becomes our Father, too.

What do (ideal) fathers do? They keep us moving in the right direction. But more than that, they become our life coach, inspiring without micromanaging. Jesus explained His relationship with His Father like this.

John 5:19–20 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.”

Jesus was an apprentice to His Father. He did what He saw the Father do. He healed the sick, raised the dead, and spoke words that still bring life to human hearts. (To do that he spent time with His Father in prayer and developed a flow of wisdom through the Holy Spirit.) Just as Jesus learned the workings of the carpenter shop from Joseph, He learned the workings of the kingdom of heaven from God.

Since I learned the Father (through the Holy Spirit) can teach me all things, I never want to stop learning, trying and doing new things. I’ll admit I get stuck in my rut sometimes, doing the same ol’, same ol’, over and again. But my Father has the ability to break me out of my routine and challenge me to grow in Him.

How about you? Where is your Father wanting to take you today? Trust me, His thoughts toward you are “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

God wants us to “partner” with Him in the work of the kingdom of God. When we are faithful and obedient, He puts our name on the company sign, “Jehovah and Sons and Daughters.” Everyone needs a real Father, and God is the best!

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