When my son was a small child, my husband used to tease with him most days. Their little banter back and forth has always been fun to watch. As my son has gotten older, the remarks have become sharper and wittier than ever. But what warms my heart the most is the relationship they have.
I giggle to think back to the time when my husband would quote this scripture to Nicholas:
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Colossians 3:20
Back then Nicholas was too young to make a highly sophisticated statement in return. But he was old enough to read!
So being the mother that I am, I thought it appropriate to help arm my child with the Word of God. That night I took Nicholas to his room and showed him a little scripture he could use. Although it was admittedly a way to tease my husband, I took a few minutes to teach Nicholas how important it is to know God’s Word and to be able to use it to defend ourselves as children of God.
The smile on Nicholas’ face was worth a million dollars! He was armed and ready!
The next time my husband referenced Colossians, Nicholas raced to his room, grabbed his Bible, flipped to where we had marked it, and proudly came back into the den and proclaimed:
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
I thought the three of us would never stop laughing that night! Well played Nicholas, well played!
Have you ever stopped to think about your heavenly Father? I mean really meditated on the fact that those of us who belong to Christ get to call the creator of the universe “Abba, Father.” And on top of that, we have this great Savior who gave His life so we could be a part of the Kingdom of God. There has never been a father and son relationship like it, and there never will be again.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7
So intertwined is the relationship of the Father, the Son, and we shouldn’t forget the Holy Spirit, that one is not without the other. Though we long for our human relationships to be this close, I am certain that until we enter the Kingdom, we will never be able to imagine this closeness.
As Father’s Day approaches, take some time to reflect on the dynamic relationship of the Father and the Son!
I would love to hear your stories about fathers and sons. If you would like to share, leave a comment!
Blessings to you and yours!
PS: In honor of Father’s Day, here are two more posts I have done in the past concerning fathers. Enjoy!
All scripture taken from the:
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
As young girls, our feelings of infatuation for specific boys would rise and fall as fast as ocean waves crashing on the shore. Does he like me? Could he possibly love me? Remember grade school, when we would use the check box method to figure out the answer to this life-altering issue. You know, that little note with the check boxes for yes or no. You would pass that note to the person you liked and wait anxiously for its return! As we grew older, our methods changed and became way more scientific. That’s right, we turned to daisies. Yep, one petal at a time we considered the possible outcome – he loves me, he loves me not. And if the last petal pulled off the flower stem represented he loves me not, we were devastated. Well, at least until we found another daisy and started the process over again!
As Christians, we struggle to understand how such a loving and amazing God could love us. In our spirit, if we are being completely honest, we struggle almost daily with the notion: He loves me, He loves me not. A Chinese proverb states: I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
I hear and I forget. We have heard over and over that we are loved by God. We can recite John 3:16 on demand. However, in our humanity, we so easily forget the depth of the Savior’s love. And when we fail Him, we immediately question whether we are truly loveable.
I see and I remember. The cross is so integral to our faith because at the site of the cross we remember what Jesus did for us. Standing in the presence of the cross, we are reminded what lengths He went to save us and how great His love is for us.
I do and I understand. What really drives home the reality of Jesus’ love for us is when we can share that love with someone else. When we are doers of the word, we start to understand Christ just a little more. In those moments, we are changing and transforming into the person He has created us to be.
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Today, let’s stop struggling with that question. Let’s resolve ourselves that we are loved -every.single.day. Be encouraged by Paul’s words, a man who stood firmly on the conviction that his Savior loved him:
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. … And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. Ephesians 3:16, 18 NLT
Ladies, we welcome you to a one-day event October 1st – He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. Come rest at His feet. Hear stories of His great love. Worship with us, and strengthen your belief in the Savior’s love for YOU. http://believerschurch.org/home/whats-happening