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Weekly SNAC, 7 September 2014 - Father's Day

What is the best Father’s Day gift you can imagine? One website is advertising : “gifts that make you go ‘woohoo’!”. Maybe it’s paintball, or a jet pack flight, perhaps a ride in a helicopter or lap in a V8 supercar – or maybe just socks and undies will do?

Father’s day comes with so many retail opportunities it is easy to forget it is actually about fatherhood. For some of us, our fathers weren’t all that great, if they were around at all. For those of us who are Dad’s, Father’s Day can be a time of guilt –
what kind of Dad have you been? Is it too late to be the kind of Dad you hoped you would be?

Whatever your situation, Father’s Day is actually a good day to remember the one Father that we all have in common.
John writes in 1 John 3:

Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him. 2 Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure. (1 John 3:1-3)

We think about gifts on Father’s day but we rarely think about the gift our Heavenly Father has given us. No matter what earthly model of Fatherhood you have experienced, our heavenly online casino father has shown us the greatest love. He has given us the right to be called his children – an incredible gift!

The gift of being God’s child is not simply for the future. John tells us that it is a reality even now as we await for Jesus to return and for all things to be revealed. Therefore, if you trust in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you are truly a child of
God and blessed with all the gifts that belong to a child of God. These include eternal life, harmonious relationship with your Heavenly Father and a wonderful purpose for your life right now.

What is the purpose of a child of the Heavenly Father right now? John also addresses this in 1 John:

18 Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action. (1 John 3:18)

Our purpose is to love others. This love is not simply mouthing words. Rather, says John, it is by truth and action. John urges us children of God to live out our ‘childhood’ by sharing and proclaiming the truth that Jesus is our Lord and by living it out before others. You could say that this is what a good child of God is like.

Of course, try as we might, we can never be perfect children. That is where our hope in Jesus offers us such comfort. Jesus is the perfect son of God. He is the one that obediently does the will of his Father (eg. John 5:19ff). Jesus says: “anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life.“

What a wonderful son Jesus is. What a wonderful Father God is.

Instead of worrying about gifts this Father’s day, take the time to remember the greatest gift we could ever receive – that in Jesus we may confidently call God, the mighty creator and judge of all, our Father.

That is a great gift. Happy Father’s Day!

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