Fatherhood is… transformational.
The hinge pin of history that swung mankind from judgment to wrath… was fatherhood: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4:4-5.
God is the father of all creation and the father of the faithful. There is only one begotten Son, however- Jesus Christ. And His birth introduced the most transformational period in the history of man. While Christ was preconceived in the mind of God from the beginning, man remained under condemnation until that pivotal, historic moment that the Father begot the Son in Mary’s womb. God became a Father, and that changed everything about His relationship to man.
There were no more obstacles. God walked among us through the Son. God touched us, healed us, listened to us, and taught us. He chastised us, but He never condemned us. He warned us and rewarded us. Most of all, He was patient with us, and is even today patiently waiting.
Through Jesus, God became a Father to us, as adopted sons. He is the epitome of fatherhood: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13.
Earthly fathers are to embody a transformation that can be modeled on the transformation from judgment to grace that occurred when God became the father of a begotten Son. Fathers that don’t make the transformation, due to fear or wanting to maintain the status quo, fail to give their children the greatest gift of all- selfless service and unconditional love.
While fatherhood as an experience is transformational, all fathers must be transformed by the Heavenly Father, who gives wisdom and will not destroy you for asking. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of the Father (Mathew 10:20) and the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9). He is God in us, the power to be a father of eternal worth to our children. If you have not had a real relationship with your earthly father, you can immediately build a relationship with your Heavenly Father, right now. Then you can be the father that you must be to transform the lives of your children.
Acts 2:38: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.