Father’s Day always gets me thinking. There is so much to be considered as we celebrate fathers, and the role God has given them.
God was the first parent, and also the first adoptive parent.
Ephesians 1:4-5 “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,”
Ephesians 2:3 “among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.“
Contrary to many popular cliches we are not all children of God. Mankind are by default children of wrath, sinners, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
It isn’t until God reveals Himself and draws us to the Gospel that we can be saved and adopted into the family of God.
Adoption runs rampant in my family, and for that I am thankful. It has given me a clear, and personal look at the Gospel. My dad with my sister and brother, and now my husband, Keith, with my girls. A picture of a father, seeing those who did not belong to him and making them his own. In this way, especially on Father’s Day, I am awed and grateful toward the two fathers in my life: Jeff and Keith who mirror their Creator and the Gospel in their lives.
You both excel at the role of father that God has given you.
Love you! Happy Father’s Day!