"My Daddy Saved-ed Me!"
Oftentimes I find myself asking, "What will the topic of the next Sunday’s sermon be?" or, "What will we study next in our Bible class?" or, "Where will I find the inspiration for the next article for the bulletin?" Well, when one has small children, sometimes one needs to look no further than one’s own precious little three-year-old.
This past Sunday afternoon our youngest son, Donovan, thinking he was old enough to begin the daily drudge of shaving, managed to get hold of a razor and, as many small boys do, began imitating what he had seen his father do numerous times. As you have probably guessed, he cut himself on his upper lip on the sharp razor blade and he began bleeding profusely. Being nearest to the sound of his wailing, I rushed to his aid and began the process of stopping his wound from bleeding and providing him comfort.
As a father I know how much it hurts to see your children suffer, and bleed, and cry. I could not help but be reminded of the arduous anguish our Heavenly Father must have endured as He watched His only begotten Son suffer, and bleed, and cry, and yet not be able to go to His aid and succor. What great love was shown for mankind in this tremendous sacrifice God gave us in the form of His precious Son, Jesus Christ, Who shed His life-blood for our redemption!
The next morning while sitting at the breakfast table Donovan proudly exclaimed to his two older brothers, "My daddy saved-ed me yesterday!" Yes, I did find joy in hearing those sweet words, "My daddy saved-ed me yesterday!" because in his eyes I had saved him. When his mother or I hold him or his brothers tightly after they awaken from a bad dream late at night, or they have fallen and scraped a knee, to them we have saved them. And the joy we feel as parents is beyond compare!
So why do so many of us deny our Heavenly Father the joy that He must feel when He saves us? Our Father longs for us to return to Him, for it brings Him great joy. Jesus said, "I say unto you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety and nine righteous persons, who need no repentance." (Luke 15:7) Who is the source of this joy, but God the Father Himself? His joy is so abundant that it overflows to the angels themselves: "Even so, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents." (Luke 15:10) As we continue our study this morning over the fruit of the Spirit and how it is manifested in joy, it is my sincere desire and prayer that none will leave here without having been edified and spiritually uplifted in His abundant joy!