What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Father’s Day? My first thought is of my father and how much I miss him. Even though it has been more than 13 years since he went to meet Jesus, I remember his smile and his smell. My father was a mechanic, and most days you could find him up to his elbows in dirty motor oil. Even after he showered each day, behind the fresh sent of soap was the faint hint of motor oil. Some days my sons Michael and Matthew work on their cars and they come in smelling like their grandpa. I love that smell!
What I remember most about my dad is that every night I would see him and my mom on their knees at the foot of their bed praying for me and my five sisters. Every Sunday I would find him faithfully serving at church.
My earthly father was the one who taught me to love my Heavenly Father. Through his example I learned to love God and to love others. In 1 Corinthians 4:14-16, Paul expresses his concern for those to whom he had become a spiritual father and encourages them to imitate him as he seeks to imitate Christ:
“I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.”
Regardless if you are a spiritual father or a natural father, we are all called to live a life that points vertically to Christ and to our Heavenly Father. What do you remember most about your father? How can that point you to your Heavenly Father? How does that challenge you to be an example of Christ to others?