Happy Father’s Day! Some years ago I did a series of posts reflecting on God as Father. I wish I had time this week to add to them but I will add this one reflection. God the Father sent his only begotten Son so that we would be given the right to become children of God (John 1:12). John tells us that this birth doesn’t come from “natural descent… human decision or a husband’s will” (John 1:13 NIV) but of God.
God didn’t need us. I’ve heard it preached that because God is love and love needs to be expressed that God needed to express it by enlarging his family. This simply isn’t the case. God’s love has been expressed throughout eternity between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It was purely out of God’s freedom (or pleasure and will to use Paul’s language in Ephesians) that he chose to create us so that the elect in Christ could become members of his family.
That’s mind-boggling. So think about that as you celebrate your Father’s Day. You are a child of God because he wanted you to be and for no other reason than that…