Today happens to be Father’s Day. Some people are blessed to have a Father who is doing well, and involved in their lives while others might have a completely different situation. Some people have been Fathers for a long time and some are relatively new to being a Father. Fatherhood is a blessing and I can’t help but to smile when my little one calls for “Daddy”. But what I wanted to look at was a lesson from our Father in Heaven.
One of the things we have been talking about in our Youth Class on Wednesday nights is holiness and how God is holy. In Leviticus 11:44-45, the Lord says, “For I am the Lord your God, you must consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy…” and it continues on to the end of verse 45 where the Lord again reminds them that “you must be holy because I am holy.” God lays it out for us to see. He identifies Himself as holy. We think about holy being pure and perfectly good, which is true, but also how God is set- apart. God is on a higher level. After looking at this fact and seeing what God has done over time with His love, character, and everything that God is, there is no one that compares. There are a lot of awesome Fathers out there and my Father is pretty awesome in my opinion but none of them compare to God the Father. Even in Exodus 15:11 we see Moses pretty much saying that there is no one like God. He has learned in a fairly short amount of time how great God is.
We can think about all of this and how holy God is and it can be overwhelming because when we put everything into perspective it can be easy to wonder why God would bother with us. We are a people that God created but yet we can’t stand up to the expectation bar that God set for us. Our sinful nature keeps us from being anywhere close to God. God could have looked at us and said something along the lines of “you had your chance. I’m done with you.” But God doesn’t do that. Actually God does something better than that. He is holy and He wants us to be holy and live in a way that is identified with Him and God makes a plan for this to happen. In Ephesians 1:3-8 we see that before people were even created, God knew that He would see them as holy. He loved us and He chose us. God gives us a plan in that through Jesus we are able to be close to Him.
Today I want to encourage you to look at the lessons we can learn from our Fathers but also the lessons we can learn from our Father in Heaven. Even though He is holy and we fall short, God made a plan for us to be able to be holy. To make it possible for us to be a part of God’s big family. God chose you and He wants to have a relationship with you to know you and be with you. God’s love for us is something that we can’t fully grasp while we are on earth. You could be in a good spot in life, a rough spot in life, you might be lost, or you might have a little bit of a clue about where you are going but something remains true for all of us. That is, if we accept Jesus and what He did for us and commit our lives to Him then we can be holy. God is holy and He chose you. Fathers are pretty awesome. I love my Father but our Father in Heaven is really awesome and He wants to be a part of every spectacle of your life. God loves you!