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Springfield Today, December 12, 2017

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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

When the prophet Isaiah first told us that, “unto to us a child is born,” he also told us different titles that child would be called – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Each title has significance. Each title communicates a powerful truth. I supposed where you might be in your own life spiritually, emotionally, or relationally will determine which title this Christmas season you need to realize again.

There are those who really need to know the child who was born as Wonderful Counselor.

Others who are in over there heads and feel hopeless really need to know Him as Mighty God.

The one entrapped in the chaos of life and are so stressed out need to know Him as Prince of Peace.

I need to know Him as Everlasting Father.

I think back to my college days, when my dad was working at Ford’s Rouge Steel and he was able to get me a summer job there.  It was a great summer job.  Great for two reasons: #1 – the pay was really good and that helped with college expenses, and #2 – I hated the job. In fact, I hated the job more than I feared being a preacher.  And the job convinced me to stay in school and do what God had called me to do.

Now my Dad had worked at Fords for 43 years, he knew everything about the job I was doing, but never once do I remember him telling me how to do my job. He trained others, but he didn’t train me.  We talk about everything else but he never talked to me about the job. He never said anything when I made mistakes even though I knew he knew about them.  Even though we worked the same shift at times, I don’t remember him ever coming over to check on me…. until August 3, 1978.

There I was working on my job, and I saw my Dad walking across the floor toward me, and I wondered why was he coming now.  This was my third summer of working there and this was the first time he had ever come over to me on the job.  But my dad walked up and he said, “Fred, I need to tell you something, your grandfather just had a massive heart attack and died.”

You see my dad knew how close I was to my grandfather.  He knew all about the summers I had spent working with my grandfather on his little farm.  He knew the special relationship we had.  And more importantly, he knew in that moment I would need my father, and so he came.

Now why hadn’t he come to me on the job before?  He could have made the job easier for me.  He could’ve told me about the shortcuts I could take which would make me more efficient on the job.  But you see, he knew it was important for me to learn this job, and do this job on my own, I couldn’t rely on dad; and I also think he knew it was important for me to hate the job, so he wasn’t going to do anything to make the job easier.  But when I needed him, when I really needed him, he was there to put his arm around my shoulder.  He came at the perfect time and gave to me exactly what I needed in that moment.  I needed my Dad.

When Paul told the Galatians, “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.  Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out Abba Father.  So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”  (Galatians 4:4-7 NIV) Paul wasn’t just talking about when Jesus broke into human history and became the child Isaiah had told would come, but I also believe Paul was saying He, Jesus, still comes to us at the perfect time, when the time has fully come, when we need Him most – our Everlasting Father comes to us. And will give to us – not what we demand, but what we really need, because that’s what a good Father does.

But there’s one more thing that we need to realize about this title. Don’t overlook the word everlasting. I’ve seen and known far too many that have no concept of what an Everlasting Father is.  Maybe because they never knew their father, or maybe because they had a father who had told them, “Don’t worry, your mom and I will never get a divorce.”  But then he walked away and did the very thing he said he would never do.

Or maybe the one they knew as father never did those things a father should do.  He didn’t provide for them, he didn’t protect them, or instruct them and discipline them. He didn’t love them.  He didn’t come when they really needed a Dad, because he was too busy working, or playing golf, or doing his own thing.  And so you have no concept of what Everlasting Father means for you.

Understand, when Isaiah said He would be call Everlasting Father this is just one more way that your Heavenly Father is promising you He will never abandon you, He will never leave you.  There is nothing you can do to make Him love you more than He does in this moment, and there is nothing that you can do that will make Him love you less.  He is everlasting and His love for you doesn’t change.  It’s not based on your performance but on who He is.

Remember Isaiah was writing to a people, who for the most part had ignored God, some had spit in His face, they had treated the things of God as insignificant – and yet Isaiah was saying – your Everlasting Father is reaching out to you again.  What you’ve done or haven’t done doesn’t change who He is.  And doesn’t change His love for you.

Take a few moments to realize you have an Everlasting Father!

 

What You Need to Know….

Bring the family to celebrate “the reason for the season” at our Christmas Eve Services, December 24. Sunday School at 9:30am, Worship Gathering at 10:30am, and Candle Lighting Service at 6:00pm

Have plans for New Year’s Eve yet? The church will be having a Family Game Night in the gym on Sunday, December 31 from 7:00pm to midnight.  Everyone is asked to bring a snack/appetizer to share.  Come ring in the New Year with your church family.

Mark your 2018 calendars: Next Blood Drive is Wednesday, January 3rd from 3:30-6:30pm

Upward Tip-Off Party on Saturday, January 6th at 6:00pm

Upward practices start on Tuesday, January 9th 

Mug Sister Party is Friday, January 12th at 6:30pm

 

Pray for…

Brad Leggett’s mom in rehab after breaking her hip and wrist.

Kathi Krell’s niece is expecting twins and in the hospital with complications.

Teens that are struggling emotionally

Carol Tandy

Janet Castleman

Fran Herwehe

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