6/14/17 – Pastor Brian’s Blog
The word “father” conjures up different images for everyone. For me the images that come to my mind when I think of my father, although not perfect, are good ones. Although my dad died in 2000 it does not mean that I do not think of him from time to time. Matter of fact I was thinking about him on Monday night as I was playing softball, because my dad loved playing softball. As I was thinking about him I was also thinking that it is way too hot and I am way too old to still be playing on our church softball team. Then I went 3 for 3 and drove in the 1st (and only) run and then I thought, well maybe there is still one season left in me!
My dad loved to play softball with his family. Actually, to be honest, he loved to play any kind of game with his family. My dad loved his family, he loved to be with his family, and he loved these two things more than anything, except, for his love for his God and the time he spent with Him.
I was reading a post on Facebook this morning written by a man that Judy and I had in our youth group. He wrote this: “If you’re too busy to open your Bible each day and spend some time of rest at Jesus’ feet, then you are too busy. Busyness isn’t godliness. God instituted time of rest for man because we need it. It’s great to be busy for God, but it’s necessary to take time to rest and refresh in worship.” -Jon Bubar
My dad got it; with the busyness of life, with all the things that needed to get done and could get done, he always took the time needed to spend with God. And this decision not only affected him but continues to affect his family to this day.
My children’s dad did not always have this balance between working for God and spending time with God. I enjoyed working for God so much that it motivated me to make decisions that were not always the best for my wife or my family. And for that I live with regret. I continually thank God for my children’s mom as God used her as the helpmeet I needed: “The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22
As I was talking with God, my heavenly Father, about some of my regrets the other day God reminded me what He has done with my regrets: “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12. God then brought this verse to my mind: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12
WOW! What a wonderful promise: God doesn’t only forgive me, He chooses not to even remember the mistakes I made. Of the many things God can do, there is one thing that He refuses to do. He refuses to keep a list of my wrong choices, because I am His son!
Father’s Day is Sunday and, to be honest, it isn’t that important if you personally knew my father and it isn’t even that important if you know the father of my children. But whether or not you know God, our Heavenly Father, makes all the difference in the world!
God, our heavenly Father, loves you more than you could ever imagine. God wants to be your heavenly Father and was willing to pay any price to make you His… “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17
God was so committed to make you one of His children that, even at our worst, He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us: “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:6-8
There are many gods in the world today and many people that will tell us that they have the way to that “higher power.” Yet the Bible says… “For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6
We are sinners; Jesus was not. We make mistakes, we make wrong choices; Jesus did not. Sin has a price and the price is death (eternal separation) from God. That is why God, our heavenly Father, sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to pay for your sins, my sins, and the sins of the world. That is why God the Father raised Jesus from the dead to break the power of sin, the power of death, and provide a way -the only way- to God.
God our heavenly Father started the work of salvation; Jesus completed the work of salvation so that we can become part of His family. Sin must be paid for; God leaves it up to us to decide who is going to pay. Either we accept Christ payment on the cross and have our sins forgiven or we chose to pay for our own sins and spend eternity separated from Him.
The Bible says, “But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” John 1:12-13
The word “father” conjures up different images for everyone. But no one loves you as much as God our heavenly Father. Talk to Him today; He is waiting to hear from you! If you have any questions just go to the contact information on our website and drop me an e-mail as I would be happy to help you meet my heavenly Father!