by Jon Walker
“As bad as you are … you're at least decent to your own children. So don't you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?” (Matthew 7:11, MSG)
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When my oldest son was appearing in his first Christmas musical at church, my job was to videotape the event for posterity.
In another time and another place, I was a television producer, so I was already planning out how to “tape the show.” I arrived with all the latest electronic toys and found, to my amusement, a “press gallery” of dads every bit as competitive as the pros I used to go up against.
Looking through the viewfinder of my camera, I was distressed to see that the lighting was all wrong, the stage was too low for even the best camera positions, and I knew from experience there was too much noise in the room to get a good sound recording.
When the choir took the stage, my hopes for an Emmy-winning video sank faster than the Titanic – My son was on the stage in a place where I could barely see him. Then, his face went pale, and he started yelling, “Mommy!”
I felt like crying, “Mommy!” too.
Finally, the choir began, but by then my son seemed more interested in the audio speakers than in performing. But just then, he turned to face me with eyes so bright and buoyant that the professional in me stepped aside and I quietly said, “That’s my boy!” When I walked out of that performance, I thought, “There’s absolutely nothing I’d trade for having been here.”
· Do you sometimes think of God as more the professional than the Father?
· Do you think of him as being disappointed in you when things haven’t gone perfectly?
Next time you’ve totally blown it, think about the father-heart of God and the fact that you’re totally accepted by him. When God looks at you, he shouts, “That’s my child, and I wouldn’t trade my child for anything.”
God knew you’d never be perfect without his help; and that’s why he sent his Son, Jesus, to cleanse you of your sins.
What does this mean?
· Consider the father-heart of God – He looked at Jesus in the manger and said, “That’s my boy! I have sent him to save you from your sins.” On the cross, he saw his son, in obedience and love, take on the weight of the world.
· God loves you just like you love your own children – Only God does it perfectly. “As bad as you are … you're at least decent to your own children. So don't you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?” (Matthew 7:11, MSG)
· The next time you fail – Don’t avoid God; come to him as the father he is, and trust that his love is bigger than your mistake.
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