When my kids were little, I loved buying them presents for Christmas. I would run all over town looking for the perfect gift. Truth be told, I still love buying gifts, especially for my grandkids. Our Father in heaven also loves gift-giving! Jesus said, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him” (Matthew 7:11). Jesus was painting a portrait of the Father’s heart.
In our culture, father wounds are all too common. So many have had fathers who were abusive or emotionally distant. The wounds left deep scars on our hearts. Jesus gave us the perfect portrait of perfect, everlasting love. In other words, as the Apostle Paul wrote, Jesus came as the exact representation of God the Father’s heart (Colossians 1:15). In other words, if you want to know what God the Father is like, look at His Son!
4 Gifts Your Everlasting Father Offers You
The Gift of Everlasting Love. From eternity to eternity, God loves you. His love never shifts or wanes. It’s constant and eternal. Every fairytale I know ends with “And they lived happily ever after.” Happily ever after is a myth with human love. No matter how rich and deep human love is, it will disappoint from time to time. No one is happy all the time. As humans, we get frustrated, sorrowful, and stressed from time to time. As our everlasting Father, Jesus’s love is perfect. It is constant. The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 136 with the refrain that His love is everlasting (Psalm 136, The Holman Christian Study Bible). Friend, you can do nothing today to make Him love you more or less. His love is overwhelmingly perfect. Pause for a moment and relish His perfect love.
The Gift of Everlasting Provision. Fathers are supposed to provide for their families. Yet so many earthly fathers fall short. They are either unable or unwilling to provide. As the everlasting Father, Jesus’ provision is perfect. He provides the way to an intimate relationship with the Father. He provides for every need we have because He Himself is the Bread of Life (John 6:36). The Apostle Paul promised us that God would supply all our needs according to His riches (Philippians 4:19). In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). Friend, He has your needs covered; spiritual, physical, and emotional. Relax and rest today in His Almighty provision.
The Gift of Everlasting Grace. Many fathers are harsh, impatient, and focused on handing out punishment. As the Everlasting Father, Jesus is focused on grace. He knows when you’ve messed up, but because of His finished work on the cross, He continually offers grace. Once you have received His grace, it flows unhindered into your marriage, your parenting, your spending choices, and your career choices. He offers us grace, not because of our good works, but because of His great work on the cross (2 Timothy 1:9). Celebrate His never-ending grace today!
The Gift of His Everlasting Kingdom. Finally, Christ offers us a place in His everlasting kingdom. When you look at our dark world composed of political polarization, school shootings, betrayals and moral failures, all those diagnosed with the ravishing destruction of cancer, and not to mention a worldwide pandemic, it’s easy to lose heart. However, we have hope. His kingdom is everlasting and, one day, Jesus Christ will rule over the new earth. In other words, he wins! It may look like the evil one is winning. However, his days are numbered. The Ancient of Days, Jesus Christ, will one day rule eternally (Daniel 4:3, Psalm 145:13). Today, ask Jesus how you can get aboard with His kingdom. Pray as Jesus taught us, that His kingdom will come and that His will be done (Luke 11:2).
Big News! I have signed a contract with Moody Publishers for a new Bible study to be released in 2023 on the Lord’s Prayer. Please pray for me as I study and write and for all those who will do this Bible study.