A gift for the Father

Today is Father’s Day, a day set aside in our country to honor dads.  This particular Father’s Day is special for me for a few reasons.  No matter your family situation, though, this can be a special day for you if you are a Christian.

After all, all Christians have at least one Father. Jesus told the disciples at the last supper, “If you know me you know the Father.”  There is no better gift you can give God the Father than to commit to know His Son Jesus Christ better.

In this world of believing only what you can see, feel, taste, and touch, it takes faith to have a relationship with Jesus. Jesus wants a relationship with you, and even if He has a relationship with you, He wants a stronger one.  This is a reality that all of us forget about sometimes. A lot of people claim to be Christians, claim to have a relationship with God, but don’t really show it in their daily lives.

Sometimes we consider things too hard.  Perhaps obedience to the Lord would make us too uncomfortable or offend someone. Well I’m here to tell you today from personal experience that there is no better feeling than knowing you are doing the will of God.  There is no greater peace than that which comes from Jesus Christ. If you are obedient to whatever He would have you do, the peace and satisfaction that comes from knowing it is pleasing to the Father is greater than any worldly discomfort you might feel in the interim. God had been telling me to do something for several years now, and I had acknowledged, then ignored, that command.

Well I finally obeyed God recently, and the old adage of a burden, a weight being lifted is true indeed. Following the will of God may make the world think you’re crazy.  Consider that a compliment!  To live a holy life, as God intends, we must be different.  Holy means set apart.  Christians should be set apart from the rest of the world.  We are in the world, but not OF the world. When people questioned the actions and words of the apostles during the early stages of the Church, they responded:  “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) That’s the true test of your faith.

Who are you obeying?  God?  The world?  Does the world consider you different?  Examine yourself and ask “Can anyone I know easily tell by my words and actions that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of my life?” God has given us the ultimate gift already, but this Father’s Day consider your relationship to your Heavenly Father.  There is no greater gift you can give Him than your whole self.

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