The caller ID said, “Private Caller.” The female voice was strange but it said, “Hi Grandpa.” “Hi,” I responded wondering who this was. I have four granddaughters. “Grandpa,” she said, “I was in a car accident and have been arrested for drunk driving.” Well, that instantly eliminated two of them. Only two are old enough to drive. But, the voice was not familiar. Next she said, “I’m in jail and need you to come for me.” “Where are you,” I asked. “In Plymouth, MA,” came the answer. That eliminated the two who can drive. They live in Pennsylvania and California. “I think you have the wrong grandpa,” I said. Instantly the phone went dead.
I do hope she found her real grandpa. Instantly I thought of the first commandment. “Thou shall have no other gods before me.” It’s not that our heavenly Father is an egotist. He just wants to make sure we call on the right grand Father. How disappointing to call the wrong one who can’t help you because not only is he the wrong one he doesn’t even exist.
It was so wonderful when Jesus told us to call God our Father. The concept of the fatherhood of God shows up only about two times in the Old Testament but almost a hundred times in the New Testament. He is so generous. When we allow He adopts us into His family and instantly we become co-heirs with Jesus, who isn’t the least bit jealous. Jesus is thrilled to share His inheritance with us. It is the most amazing family and we are so blessed. See Romans 8 and Galatians 4.
Not only is He our Father. He is a grand Father and the right one.
Written by Roger Bothwell on October 8, 2014
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