I was visiting the small town, in Missouri, my father was born and reared in. A woman walked out of the convenient store, looked over at me and came to an abrupt halt. “You’re a Brady!” She exclaimed. “I don’t know who your father is, but you, you are definitely a Brady.”
I would rather people, who see me, say, “You’re a child of God!” This is certainly one of my goals here on earth. The way to see that happen is to imitate Christ. In other words, “LOVE!”
1Jo 3:2-3 But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him–and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own. (MSG)
Love, and accept, not judge, and reject.
Love, and help out, not turn away and doubt.
Love, and my gifts share, not hoard, or not care.
So, if you see me and don’t know who my Father is, I would be more than happy to introduce you. Oh, but don’t get embarrassed when He already knows your name.
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Everybody has an opinion on what happens after they die. Some of those opinions are: nothing happens, reincarnation, you go to heaven, and various other beliefs. I personally believe that if one has accepted Jesus Christ as God’s Son, and have asked him to forgive their sins then they go to heaven. If they haven’t then they go to hell. Either way, it’s for eternity!
I was talking about this subject with a coworker several years ago, and he believed then in reincarnation. Our conversation ended by me saying, “John (not his name), if your belief is right then neither one of us have anything to worry about, BUT, if I am right then you may find yourself in an uncomfortable situation while you are standing before God giving an account as to how you lived.” He walked away concerned.
Also, keep in mind, just because one claims to know Jesus, doesn’t mean they have accepted him, or obeyed his commandments. Consider these verses from the Bible:
Mat 7:21 – 23 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly. (AMP)
So the question then is this: “Are you okay being wrong?”
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Mary held him close enough to hear him breath. To feel his chest move in and out. To see every radiant color of his eyes. Her heart melted when he smiled. Just think what an honor it must have been to be that close to God. To hold God in your hands.
Jesus said, “For the Father and I are one.” (John 10:30) Mary held God. Today, God can hold you.
When it hurts, when you’re scared, when you’re confused, run into God’s arms. Because God gave us His son, His son gave us God.
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When I was in fourth grade we were given a writing assignment. We were asked to write about a typical day the shoes of our father has. So off I went writing. (Actual writing pictured to the left.) I think I got a C+. There was one day I came home from school and found my father’s work boot in the garage covered with blood. Due to one of the hazards of working with glass I later found out a piece had broken and it cut the main artery in his leg. He stayed home while it healed, but I never thought about growing up and doing what my father did for a living.
In biblical days a young man would fill his father’s shoes and eventually carry on the family business. Even Jesus when he was young learned to be a carpenter, but when he got older he begin to do the work of God, his real father.
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, Why were you looking for me? Don’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business?
Now I am older. I too want to be doing my heavenly Father’s business. I want to be like his son Jesus, doing what God wants me to do to advance his kingdom. Oh, and there was one day when Jesus’ work shoes were bloody too. One of the hazards of being a savior, the Messiah, and dying to cover the sins of others.
With today being Father’s Day I naturally started thinking about my earthly father. He is very funny. He can be extremely generous, and he is absolutely the best fisherman I know. When he goes fishing at the lake he catches so many when he gets done the water level is lower. Seriously he has been known to catch 95 sand bass in one outing by himself. I am definitely like my earthly father in several ways.
Then my thoughts turned to my heavenly Father. I was made in His image, but am I like Him? I feel God has a sense of humor, but I know for sure He is loving, He is kind, He is longsuffering, He remembers no wrongs, and He is patient, as well as other perfect qualities. Out of my two fathers I desire mostly to be like my heavenly Father.
In Romans 8:15 it says we cry out to God by saying, “Abba Father”, which translates as “Daddy God”.
Some people have a pretty bad earthly father. In no way should our heavenly Father be compared to our earthly fathers. Earthly fathers, at least on this side of heaven, can let you down, say things that hurt, or do other things we don’t like. If you have been hurt by your earthly father you can certainly turn to your Daddy God. He can heal you, help you understand things. He is always there for you. On this day and everyday remember your heavenly Father.