Monday, June 18, 2012

Dad's Day Afterthoughts

I am convinced that God allows men to experience Fatherhood so that we can share an intimate bond with Him.  As I've grown in my walk with Christ, no other time or stage of life has opened my eyes to who God is and how He must feel about us as His children.

An earthly dad such as myself gets to experience the most mind-bending frustrations perceivable to the human psyche as they try to properly train or explain the ways of life to their young-lings.  But we also get to experience the unconditional love and deep desire to do anything including sacrifice our own lives to protect and provide for them.  Most days are spent somewhere between these two extremes but you get the drift.

And if we who are evil know how to (give good gifts) to our much more will you Father in Heaven give good things to those that ask Him. 

This passage is from Matthew 7 and I've purposely put parenthesis around three words that I believe we can exchange for a wide variety of other words.  The point of this verse isn't to share with you how to get good gifts from God although it does broach the topic.  Instead it makes a broader and more important point: that if we earthly dads know ANYTHING about being a good much more does God know about it?  So insert what you want in the parenthetical area and the concept still works.  Your efforts will always pale in comparison to the Ultimate Father.

Our role, in my humble opinion, is to take these precious gifts (our children) and show them at least a glimpse of what an ultimate dad looks like, creating a thirst in them to seek out their true Father with complete passion and zeal.  When men fail to understand how important their role is in the rearing of children, they hinder those tender ones from even wanting to approach a "heavenly" version of their earthly example.  Being a dad is for me, THE MOST important responsibility any man can be trusted with.

Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.