Greetings in Christ on this warm June morning. I am writing this the morning following Father’s Day and have been thinking a lot about my father and fathers in general. As I reflect back on my life I was raised in a somewhat dysfunctional home, although they weren’t called that at the time. My father was a heavy equipment operator and usually worked six day a week and wasn’t home much. I don’t remember him ever teaching me how to play ball, ride a bike, helping with home work or any of the things a father might do with a son. My father never taught me the importance of a relationship with Christ. As I was growing up he never attended church, except maybe on Christmas Eve. As I reflect back on life I know my father was doing the best he knew how. You see most of us learn by seeing what our fathers have done and that is how we continue to do things. I realize now I didn’t spend as much time doing things with my son as I should have. I made improvement over what my father did and I see my son making improvement over what I did.
As I reflect on these thoughts I realize a big difference in how my father raised me and how I raised my son and that difference is JESUS. I don’t believe my grandfather had a relationship with Christ, my father didn’t until very late in life and they didn’t know about the impact Jesus could have on their life. Sometime after my marriage Jesus came into my life and He became first. I strived to make Jesus first, family second and job third. I struggled with this order because it wasn’t the way of the world and it wasn’t how my father had done things. His priority was to provide for the family and that always seemed to be first.
As I look back on my life at where I have come from I realize it is only by the grace of God I am where I am today. It is Jesus living in me that makes it possible for me to minister to people and have an impact on their lives. No, I don’t have it all together and I still make mistakes and I will until the day of the great resurrection, but Jesus is my strength and sustainer in times of trouble. Psalm 91:1-4 says:
1Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be
your shield and rampart.
My desire is that others know about this place of rest and that it is never too late to join God’s team. None of us will ever get it perfect but we should strive for perfection. At a recent funeral a family was telling me a story. Grandpa would be on the golf course and the grandson lived across the street from the course. The grandson had been told not to cross the street without permission so he would stand on one side and holler “do you want me grandpa?” He would then go in the house and tell mom “grandpa wants me” and he would go to the golf course.
I am here today to tell you Jesus wants you. You don’t even have to ask permission. Romans 10:13 says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” When you accept him the Holy Spirit will come into your life and impact all aspects of your life. Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth the work? Yes! I am the result of what God can do in one’s life and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Thanks be to God for His love.