Today is Father’s Day, and people across the country are celebrating and honoring their fathers and grandfathers. Fatherhood is no easy task. It requires a lot of heart, discipline, and time. And we are thankful for those fathers who have done their jobs well.
Fathers love their children unconditionally. They provide for their families. They are like a protective wall that keeps their children safe from the dangers of bad influences in the world. They train their children and instill in them character traits that they will need throughout their lives. Because that’s what fathers do.
Many fathers also choose to sacrifice in order to make their children’s lives better. This may mean giving up a higher-paying position at work so that they can spend more time at home with their children. Sometimes, it means the father must fill the roles of both parents for various reasons. That’s just what fathers do.
Many fathers aim to follow the example of the Heavenly Father who made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of the world. When God saw that the people he had created were going astray and engaging in all kinds of sin and disobedience he knew that he would have to be separated from the people he had created and loved if something were not done to save us. So, God decided to do something to save us. Because that’s what fathers do.
What he did required a tremendous sacrifice on his part. He decided to send his only Son, Jesus Christ, to Earth to take the punishment that we all deserve for our sins. John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus Christ had to die on the cross to pay for our sins. It was painful for the Heavenly Father to allow this to happen. But he was willing to let it happen because he did not want to lose any of his creation to the clutches of sin and eternity in Hell.
God’s sacrifice paved the way for us to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and have a home in Heaven with God forever. Have you responded to what the Heavenly Father has done for you? Have you given your life to Jesus Christ who has given his life for you?
If you have not, and you want to make this very important decision today, allow me to show you how.
First, recognize that you are a sinner and that your sins have separated you from God. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Because of your sins, you are deserving of punishment. The Bible says in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Second, realize that God loves you, and believe that because of God’s love, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for your sins–taking the punishment you deserve. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Third, accept Jesus Christ’s invitation to begin a relationship with God by receiving Jesus Christ into your life by faith as your Savior from sin’s consequences. Jesus Christ said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, you will begin a relationship with God that will last for eternity. He will be your Heavenly Father, and you can go to Him at anytime knowing that He is there to hear your prayers and guide you throughout life. If this is your heart’s desire, you can pray something like this right now to let God know about your decision:
Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!