If you have been born into God's family, you are His child, which means you have Two Fathers – an earthly (biological/physical) and One Heavenly (spiritual). What a blessing! What an inheritance! Sometimes we are disappointed by our earthly fathers, or they are not present in our life (whether by death or other circumstances); it may be that another man fills that earthly role. Regardless, our heavenly Father is perfect and always there for us.
Jesus Christ is the visible image of God the Father. As Jesus says in John 14:7, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” In other words, anyone who has seen Jesus has seen the Father. The role of an earthly father (and mother) is extremely important. Like our heavenly Father, a good father leads by example, loves, prays for, protects and blesses his children.
1John 3:1 - “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” Proverbs 22:6 - “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 23:24 - “The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.”
Song Lyrics: When I was just a little boy, my mother said to me, “You have two fathers, son; one earthly and One Heavenly. One dad is in the other room, the Other is just as near. They’re listening, so talk to them … from you they want to hear! And they both love you oh, so much, my son. Please know they are here. So tell them all that you have done, your every joy and fear. One father lives at home with us; by faith, the Other’s here. Believe in them with all your heart, they hold you very dear. I took my mom’s advice that day; she taught me how to pray. I passed it down to all my kids to remind us every day. They both love you, the Father and the Son. Please know they are here. So tell them all that you have done, your every joy and fear. You changed direction in my life that one amazing day. I owe it all to an angel Mom who taught me I should pray. So thank you, Mom, for showing me that fathers, I have two … and one amazing mother! There’s only one like you!
It is never too late to fulfill your biblical role. The Bible is full of examples to learn from. Teach your children about Jesus Christ; that He is the sinner's Way to the Father and to heaven, in His person as God manifest in the flesh and in His atoning sacrifice.
Artist: Billy Dean
Writer: John A. Wudel