Who’s Your Daddy?

March 31, 2006 at 10:07 am 5 comments

By DAVID LANGERSFELD
Mar 29, 2006

A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in
Gatlinburg, TN. One morning, they were eating
breakfast at little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a
quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their
food, they noticed a distinguished looking,
white-haired man moving from table to table, visiting
with the guests. The professor leaned over and
whispered to his wife, “I hope he doesn’t come over
here.”

But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.
“Where are you folks from?” he asked in a friendly
voice. “Oklahoma,” they answered.

“Great to have you here in Tennessee.” the stranger
said. “What do you do for a living?”

“I teach at a seminary.” he replied. “Oh, so you teach
preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I’ve got a
really great story for you.” And with that, the
gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table
with the couple. The professor groaned and thought to
himself, “Great… Just what I need… another
preacher story!”

The man started, “See that mountain over there?
(pointing out the restaurant window). Not far from the
base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an
unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because
every place he went, he was always asked the same
question, ‘Hey boy, Who’s Your Daddy?’

Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug
store, people would ask the same question, ‘Who’s Your
Daddy?’ He would hide at recess and lunchtime from
other students. He would avoid going in to stores
because that question hurt him so bad.

When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to
his church. He would always go in late and slip out
early to avoid hearing the question, ‘Who’s Your
Daddy?’. But one day, the new preacher said the
benediction so fast he got caught and had to walk out
with the crowd. Just about the time he got to the back
door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about
him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, ‘Son,
Who’s Your Daddy?’

The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel
every eye in the church looking at him. Now everyone
would finally know the answer to the question, ‘Who’s
your Daddy’. This new preacher, though, sensed the
situation around him and using discernment that only
the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to that
scared little boy…

‘Wait a minute!’ he said. ‘I know who you are. I see
the family resemblance now. You are a child of God.’
He patted the boy on his shoulder and said, ‘Boy,
you’ve got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.’

With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long
time and walked out the door a changed person. He was
never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him,
‘Who’s your Daddy?’ he’d just tell them, ‘I’m a Child
of God’.” The distinguished gentleman got up from the
table and said, “Isn’t that a great story?” The
professor responded that it really was a great story!

As the man turned to leave, he said, “You know, if
that new preacher hadn’t told me that I was one of
God’s children, I probably never would have amounted
to anything!” And he walked away.

The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He
called the waitress over and asked her, “Do you know
who that man was who just left that was sitting at our
table?”

The waitress grinned and said, “Of course. Everybody
here knows him. That’s Ben Hooper. He’s the former
governor of Tennessee!”

Someone in your life today needs a reminder that they
are one of God’s children! “For you have received the
Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, ‘Abba, Father’.
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit, that we
are God’s children.” (Romans 8:15-16)

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jk  |  March 31, 2006 at 11:11 am

    Wow! its such an inspiring article. surely as christians we need to advance God’s love to others.
    many people are desperate seeking for assurance in life. this can only be found in christ.
    Thanks Jesse for inspiring my soul.

    Reply
  • 2. Mama Mia  |  March 31, 2006 at 12:07 pm

    great story

    Reply
  • 3. UARIDI  |  March 31, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    Isn’t our inheritance wonderful? Thank you for the post

    Reply
  • 4. Anonymous  |  April 4, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    Oga O, this has made me cry and has moved me with great emotion…. Thank u plenty O for reminding me that I’m a child of Papa God O. I feel WONDERFUL :-).

    O.S.

    Reply
  • 5. Anonymous  |  April 4, 2006 at 5:47 pm

    Well am just like that boy, only that i never had that discerning pastor nor am i governer yet ..my breakthrough came when the moment I knew I was child of God, am glad for the Lords grace that I qualified to be his child the moment i chose him .

    kip

    Reply

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