Summary: This message stresses the Bibical truth that we as Christians have but one Father, and that is God.
"If God Were Your Father"
When I was in college I remember being taught
that a child’s first concept of God is his or her
earthly father. If a child’s earthly father was
cruel and uncaring, and showed no interest in his
children, then the concept that those children had
of God was awful. If, however, he was loving, and
kind, compassionate and understanding, then the
child’s first concept of God formed in his or her
mind was good. In Matthew we see that there are
really only two fathers-one is Satan, and the other
is God. Who is your Father? Jesus makes it clear
how we can know who our true Father is. The Scribes
and Pharisees claimed that God was their Father, but
in reality, Jesus said that their Father was Satan,
not God. In Matthew 11:27, Jesus said-"All things
are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man
knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth
any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whom
the Son will reveal him." Let that revelation
linger in your mind for a long time. You can’t
know who God is, or who your true Father is, un-
less you know Jesus, who will reveal Him to you.
As Daddys, earthly fathers, we are to represent God
to our children. We are to reveal to them what kind
of God He is.
I. God is One who loves His children, as a matter
of fact, we are told in the Scriptures that God
loves us with a love equal to the love that He
has for His only-begotten Son-Jesus. Wow!
There could be no greater love than that!
John 17:23-"I in them, and thou in Me, that they
may be made perfect in one; and that the world
may know that thou hadst sent me, and hast
loved them, as thou hast loved me."
In John 15:9 Jesus tells us that He loves us
just as much as He loves the Father.
"As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved
you: continue ye in my love."
1st John 4:8 tells us that "God is love";
therefore, men, if we represent God to our
children, then we must love them deeply, and
In John 14:23 Jesus tells us-"...If a man love
me, he will keep my words; and my Father will
love him, and we will come unto him, and make
our abode with him." That is a tremendous
verse of Scripture. It tells us that if we
truly love Jesus, God and Jesus will come
live within our heart. Do you love Jesus?
II.Secondly, if we are to represent God, than we
must provide for our families.
God is the great Benefactor. He gives us every
good and perfect gift. Out of the bounty of
His grace and wealth, we survive.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus told us to
"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteous-
ness, and all these things shall be added unto
you." Matthew 6:33 If we put God first, He will
provide for us. He, in a sense, cares and pro-
vides for all men. He sends His rain on the
just and the unjust. Men enjoy wealth and the
material blessings that they have only because
God has allowed them to have those things.
1st Timothy 5:8 tells us -"But if any provide not
for his own, and specially for those of his own
house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse
than an infidel."
III.Again, if we are to represent God the Father to
our families, then, we must protect them. God
protects those that He loves.
1st Peter 3:13-"And who is he that shall harm
you, if ye be followers of that which is good?"
In John 10:28-29 Jesus tells us-"And I give unto
them(my sheep) eternal life; and they shall never
perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of
my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is
greater than all; and no man is able to pluck
them out of my Father’s hand."
It is said that "You are in good hands with
Allstate insurance," but you’re in better hands
when you are in the hands of God. He alone can
provide for our every need, and protect us from
IV.Then, we also see that if we are to represent God
to our families, then we must spend quality time
God is One who never leaves us, or forsakes us.
He is always there for us to call on, and to
care for us.
God longs to fellowship with man. Enoch walked
with God. Abraham was the friend of God. This
is what God is like. He wants to know us inti-