"A father with a lot of kids, that's who God is."
- How does this Bible verse motivate you to tell others about Jesus Christ?
- How does this passage of scripture changed your perspective about God's heart?
- Where would you and I be if God wasn't so generous with his invitation to come to him and be in his family?
00:06 Today I want to tell you about the biggest basketball player that ever came to our sports camps and the biggest family that I've ever heard of, and they were one in the same. But first I want to read from First Timothy Chapter Two verses three through six. This verse is awesome and it shows you the heart of God. Check this out. In verse three it says this: "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God, our savior, who desires all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth." And then verse five says this: "There is one God and one mediator also between God and men, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time."
00:58 We called him Tomahawk Tom Hun. He was six feet 11 inches tall when he played basketball for Kansas State. He was a counselor at our sports camp here and he had a tremendous love for kids. His huge Kansas smile and his warm gentle ways, gave him personality that was more contagious than the chicken box. Everybody at Camp loved this guy. Crazy as it sounds, there was one more thing that was more remarkable about Tom than his size. He had 22 brothers and sisters. That's right. There were 23 kids in his family. That's one less than two dozen. One more than a complete offense and a complete defense in football combined. Four basketball teams plus three managers. Tom said as many as 20 of he and his siblings lived in the home at one time. He said they would sleep four to a bed. That was the rule in their small Kansas farmhouse, but this 23-some would wake up early every day, do the farm chores and then they, they would pile on their own school bus and they would whisk off to school. Man, I love big families and some of the best families I know are big families. But what's cool about God is that God wants a big family too. He wants a big family so bad that he sent his son to the earth to pass out adoption papers and to pass out invitations. Look man, he wants you in that family and he wants the girl who sits next to you in geometry class and he wants to the kid who plays third clarinet in your band, and he wants the biggest defensive end on your football team. In fact, he wants the whole school. He wants the guy who's sitting next to you in the cubicle, in your business office. He wants the woman who you work with in the marketplace that you work in. He wants a big, gigantic family. In fact, he desires that all men and women are in that family, and all they've got to do is to hear the call, to lay down their pride and to receive Christ as their personal lord and Savior. A father with a lot of kids, that's who God is. A father with a lot of kids. He won't be satisfied till he gets them all, and you and I get to be the messenger of that invitation.
03:27 Here's the questions for today. How does this Bible verse motivate you to tell others about Jesus Christ? And then secondly: How does this passage of scripture changed your perspective about God's heart? Where would you and I be if God wasn't so generous with his invitation to come to him and be in his family? And then here's the lifeline. Oh, remember this verse. God is patient and slow to anger, not wanting any to perish, but for all to be saved and to come to repentance.