Today’s reading is from Matthew 23:9, Jesus said, “Call no man your father.” I believe that Jesus was referring to the fact that no human father could ever meet all the needs of his children. When I became a father I determined I was going to be the best father I could be. On a scale of 1-10 I wanted to at least be a 9½, but I have come to the realization that I have not been able to meet all of my children’s needs. I have often failed them. I made mistakes with them and have hurt them. They will need to deal with the fact that some of their needs are still unmet. My hope is that instead of being mad at me for not being the perfect father, they will come to the realization that ONLY the Father in heaven is able to truly meet their needs. They will need to release me and accept me for who I am.
Some people never come to this realization and they are still calling their earthly father, “Father” wanting him to meet their unmet needs. Until they let go and look to God to meet their needs they will live frustrated and unhappy lives. God is the ultimate Father. He is the true Godfather. He knows what we need and is capable of meeting those needs. He left us a great example of what kind of Father He is, by the way He related to His Son, Jesus while He was on the earth. At Jesus’ baptism God the Father spoke out of heaven, “This is My Son in whom I am well pleased.” Even Jesus needed a little encouragement from His Father and so do we. When Jesus went up into the mountain and was transfigured, His Father spoke again. “This is my Son, listen to Him.” Jesus’ Father knew how to encourage and bless His Son. Only God our Father truly knows what we need and when we need it.
My dad was a great father. I never saw him drunk, or heard him curse. He always provided for us, his twelve children! I always felt safe, yet he was far from the perfect father. He made mistakes and there were times as I was growing up that I was mad at him for not meeting all my needs. I am so grateful that God opened my eyes to see my father as a fellow human being who was doing his best. It was only when I came to the realization that there was only one who could ever meet those inner needs that I had and allowed God to become my heavenly Father, that I was able to let go of my demands that my father meet all my needs. There are so many people who are still mad at their fathers, because he did not meet all their needs, or not even very many. Well, Jesus has something to say to you, today, “Call no man your father.” Let your earthly father go and look to your Godfather in heaven to meet those inner most needs of love and acceptance. “Who’s your daddy?”