“Do not call anyone on earth your father, for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”-Jesus. Matthew 23:9 NKJV.
Everyone sees God in a different light and from different perspectives. This happens mostly due to personal experiences and events that take place in our lives. Some people have a positive view of God and others not so positive. While others don’t even believe he exists. Whatever the case or situation, the way you view God is important because it determines what kind of relationship you have with Him.
Jesus wants us to view God as a father figure, this is evident in the above passage. Another evidence is when he was teaching his disciples how to pray and he started with, “Our Father.” Why does Jesus want us to view God as our Father? Also, why did he ask us not to call anyone on earth our father? These are great questions that I have also asked myself and to answer these questions, I had to go boldly before God’s throne and ask Him. To help understand the answer God gave me, you must understand what a father is or more importantly, what a father means to a child.
A father as we understand is a man who took part in bringing a child to this world or a man who helped raise a child. The former is biological and the latter usually is by choice and sometimes of no direct blood relation to the child. Now, I do understand that there are some people, who grew up without a father figure in their life and I empathize with them because no child should go through life without a father or father figure. However, it is also part of the reasons that Jesus made the above statement. The kind of Father Jesus wants us to see God as, is that Father who was excited about you when you were in your mother’s womb. The Father who could not wait to meet you and the one who loves you unconditionally. This kind of Father cares about everything you care about. He is with you through the good times and especially the bad. He disciplines you not because he loves to punish you simply because he loves you and wants the best for you. He is a Father who forgives you before you even ask him and never remembers your transgressions. He is a Father who wants you to come to him with any problems before you talk to anyone else. He is a Father who will give his best and sacrifice whatever he must just to make sure you never lack anything. This and so much more is the kind of Father God is.
When you think about the above characteristics of a father, it starts to become clear why Jesus wants you to see God as your Father. Our earthly fathers, biological or by choice or even some of us that are fathers are still humans striving to attain perfection through Jesus Christ. Where we fall short, God is more than able to cover our children without undermining our effort as earthly guides for our children. If you are reading this blog and you have or had a father who was or is not loving, caring and compassionate come to your heavenly Father who has been excited to meet you even before birth. Also, if you are a loving father, or you have one or had one, you can come to your heavenly Father as well because even fathers need a heavenly Father, God. These are Julien’s thoughts and what’s on his mind.
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