Father and Shepherd
by Clarence Boyd on January 26th, 2018

​Nothing comes from nothing. Everything has a source. This is a very important principle to know and understand because mankind has always wanted to be the source of everything. It is a fact that men and women have invented many things and should be credited for their contributions to humanity. However, mankind must realize that their gifting and talents came from a source. God has always been the Father of creation because He is the source of everything. A father can reproduce himself because life is inside of him. Life is in the seed, and the seed is in the man. Everything created with seed in it can reproduce itself. The man was created by God with seed in him. Thus, it should not be a surprise to anyone that the man has the potential to be a father. It is safe to conclude that in every man there is a father. Although some men never become fathers, the capacity to be a father is still in them.
 
God is our Father. In fact, God is the Father of all creation. He alone is the source of life. He alone sustains all creation. God ensures that His creation operates in order. He planned creation a certain way according to a divine plan. God even created man with the intent that he would mirror his Creator. The man was always supposed to be an example of a godly father. His responsibility was to reproduce himself with the understanding that he was the source of what he produced. It was this mindset that was to motivate the man concerning fatherhood. Being a father was always more than just the ability to produce an offspring. Being a father would always involve a commitment on a higher level. God intended for fatherhood to be realized in the context of a family. God willed for the man to be in a relationship with his wife and together they would represent divine order. Their marriage would be a testimony of a father’s commitment to caring for what he was the source of. Men taking care of their wives and children testifies to the truth that God takes care of His creation.
 
God is also a shepherd. The Bible reminds us that “The Lord is our Shepherd, and we shall not want.” (Psalms 23:1) The inference from this verse is simple – the shepherd takes care of his sheep. The shepherd makes sure that his sheep want for nothing. The shepherd provides for all of the needs of the sheep. The shepherd even protects the sheep from danger and rescues them when they go astray. God serves as the supreme example of what a shepherd is supposed to be. God, alone, is the example to men of what it means to be a shepherd. We live in an age where men have forgotten that part of their roles as fathers also includes being a shepherd. God wills for men to take care of their families in the same way He takes care of them. His heart is that men would be the example to their wives and children in the same way He is an example to them. Luke affirms this truth in his Gospel: “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:11-13)
 
Today there is a great need for men to be examples of fatherhood. This point must be emphasized. Sons need examples of true fathers – those who do more than just produce a child. Children need real examples of men who are not just fathers, but shepherds as well. When men become both fathers and shepherds their families will change.  When men become both fathers and shepherds marriages will be impacted postitively. May the day come quickly when this revelation will become truth experienced by every man and and appreciated by every wife and every child!
 
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