A common argument amongst children is that their dad is better than someone else's dad.
Reference: v.6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: Children are competitive even at a young age. By the time they get to primary school they are already comparing themselves to others. A common argument amongst children is that their dad is better than someone else's dad. Whether it is strength, power, riches or abilities you can hear a child say, ‘Yeah, well my Dad's better than your dad because he has a…' The sentence may finish with a ‘big axe or ‘a BMW' or ‘stronger muscles' but either way the children are playing off their dads against the others. If you spoke to the fathers they may feel quite differently about the whole matter but they might be a little proud that their child thinks that they are so wonderful!
Application: I was reminded of this childish play when I read this passage in Ephesians. Verse six says that God is the ‘Father of all'. That means that we could never play this childish game when it comes to God. If I was to say, ‘Yeah, well my Heavenly Father can move mountains', someone else could easily come back with, ‘Yeah, well my Heavenly Father can measure the waters in the hollow of his hand.' And really, we would be talking about the same Heavenly Father. God has an amazing way of making us all equal. He is God and Father of us all. He doesn't play favourites, He doesn't offer more grace to one than the other, He loves us all and offered His son for us all. Whenever we find ourselves comparing what we have to someone else we must remember that we are all children under the one Heavenly Father.
Prayer: Lord, sometimes we would like to think that we are more special than someone else but we are so fortunate that You love us all equally. Help us to see other people as You see them. Amen.
Who do you often compare yourself with?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.