Have your children ever called you by your first name? At first it seems kind of cute, then it becomes a little more serious. But why shouldn’t a child be able to call us by our first name? One father, who heard his child call him by his first name was quick to point out to the child that this was wrong. The child asked him, ‘Why is it such a big deal to not call you by your first name?’ His answer should make all of us take notice. He said, ” It’s just that you don’t want me to start treating you as though you only know me as Todd. You want me, you need me, to be dad, not Todd. Friends call me Todd, But I probably would not die for most of my friends, but I’d die for you. So you call me dad.” None of us has a right by our virtue of birth, to call God our Father. Only one person has that right, and He is Jesus. In fact, only through Jesus do we learn to call God “Father”; only through Jesus can we call God our Father. We cannot have the Fatherhood of God without embracing the Son-ship of Jesus. God’s Word says, “If you know that He is righteous, you know this as well: Everyone who does what is right has been born of Him. Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him. Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed.” 1 John 2:29-3:2 Scripture also tell us we should not call any man on earth “Father” but reserve that for our heavenly Father. I like being called dad, for that is what I am. I may be an earthly father, but my children don’t call me father, but instead call me dad. I like that, for I believe this is a big deal, and I want to recognize the Fatherhood of God to us. Do we need Him, like a child needs his dad? Do we trust Him, like a child trusts his dad? Do we honor Him above all including the one we call dad. It is no disrespect to save the term Father for God only, for He is our true heavenly Father. As earthly dad’s, we have a great blessing and responsibility to care for our children. Do we believe that our Father in heaven takes that same responsibility toward us? Can we go to Him when things start getting rough for us? About 3 years ago, my dad died, and I miss him, more than I realize, but I also know that my heavenly Father, does not and will not die. He is always there, always caring, always ready to hear my sob story. He gives great counsel through His Holy Spirit, and through His word, so that I know He provides for me all that I need to travel through this earth. So men, the next time your child calls you by your first name, make it an object lesson on the virtue of God in our lives, as true Father, and why I honor and require my children to call me dad, for I am trying to be a father to them, as I learn from my Father in heaven.
Heavenly Father, I honor You as Father, Lord, for that is who You are to me. Thank You for teaching us what it means to be a father. Thank You for being our template for fatherhood. I know we miss the mark often, but You are a great teacher and patient with us. Lord, help us men to be good and honorable dads to our children. Help us to point them to You as FATHER. I pray for the families of the students and faculty killed in Santa Fe, Texas. Father, will You stop this evil on earth. Help us to learn from this. Help us to teach the people that You are the only answer to this senseless killing. Father, I ask You, as Father, to help us, Your children, for we are weary here, and long for relief from a nation slipping into godlessness. May You heal Your land, and Your people, please, for I ask it in Jesus name.