Last night was such a blessing to get to hear this message preached. It spoke to what is family. It spoke to priorities. It spoke to the incredible word daddy.
The message was built upon Romans 8:
14Those who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s children. 15For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit’s power we cry out to God, “Father! my Father!” 16God’s Spirit joins himself to our spirits to declare that we are God’s children. 17Since we are his children, we will possess the blessings he keeps for his people, and we will also possess with Christ what God has kept for him; for if we share Christ’s suffering, we will also share his glory.
So we have our earthly family that we were born into, but is that the end of family? According to God’s Word, when we accept Jesus into our hearts, we are God’s children! So if we are God’s children, we are part of the family of God! So that means our church isn’t just a place to go to service or a place to serve, it is part of our family! When we became part of God’s family, it isn’t about operating in fear as master/slave type of a situation would be, but it is one of love where we can cry out to God as “Daddy” – “Abba Father”. We don’t need to be living by rules and regulations forced on us, but rather we have a change of heart and go from “have to” over to “want to” out of love. Do you realize the power of that word? Consider when you were younger or when your children call you daddy. You called out daddy as a word of power that provided you with comfort, with safety, with love, with hope, with shelter, with compassion, with courage, … We need to make sure we don’t try to put any of the limitations of our heavenly father onto God though. As humans we all have limitations which don’t exist for God! Do you realize the importance of the word Father? It is a key relationship to the point that Jesus speaks the word over 175 times in the Bible. We need to see God as our Father who we can cry out to and talk to and give our concerns and cares to! We need to build up our relationship with Him so that no matter what comes our way, we can cry out to Him and have that peace that goes beyond all understanding! He isn’t trying to condemn us, He is loving us. The last verse of Romans above speaks to that “Since we are his children, we will possess the blessings he keeps for his people” and to the benefits of being a part of the family of God since even though we will face challenges and trial, “we will also share his glory”.
So let’s reflect on the fact that we have been adopted into the family of God!
So our family has grown to include our church family!
And we need to be loving others just as we see in the story of the Lost Son and how the Father receives the son even after he took his inheritance and squandered it away. The son when he got to the end of his rope thought to himself, I could go back to my father’s place and be a slave and live better than this. The Father’s response was my son was dead but now he is alive. God’s compassionate and loving! God’s view is better than our view! God’s ways are higher than our ways! God’s ways are better than our ways! Let’s take a quick look at this story…
11Jesus went on to say, “There was once a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to him, ‘Father, give me my share of the property now.’ So the man divided his property between his two sons. 13After a few days the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money. He went to a country far away, where he wasted his money in reckless living. 14He spent everything he had. Then a severe famine spread over that country, and he was left without a thing. 15So he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him out to his farm to take care of the pigs. 16He wished he could fill himself with the bean pods the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything to eat. 17At last he came to his senses and said, ‘All my father’s hired workers have more than they can eat, and here I am about to starve! 18I will get up and go to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against God and against you. 19I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers.”’ 20So he got up and started back to his father.
“He was still a long way from home when his father saw him; his heart was filled with pity, and he ran, threw his arms around his son, and kissed him. 21‘Father,’ the son said, ‘I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son.’ 22But the father called to his servants. ‘Hurry!’ he said. ‘Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. 23Then go and get the prize calf and kill it, and let us celebrate with a feast! 24For this son of mine was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found.’ And so the feasting began.
25“In the meantime the older son was out in the field. On his way back, when he came close to the house, he heard the music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him, ‘What’s going on?’ 27‘Your brother has come back home,’ the servant answered, ‘and your father has killed the prize calf, because he got him back safe and sound.’ 28The older brother was so angry that he would not go into the house; so his father came out and begged him to come in. 29But he spoke back to his father, ‘Look, all these years I have worked for you like a slave, and I have never disobeyed your orders. What have you given me? Not even a goat for me to have a feast with my friends! 30But this son of yours wasted all your property on prostitutes, and when he comes back home, you kill the prize calf for him!’ 31‘My son,’ the father answered, ‘you are always here with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be happy, because your brother was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found.’”
So we need to be reaching out to the world around us! We need to be loving them! God so loved the World that He gave His one and only son, so that everyone will have the opportunity to turn back and be saved. His desire is that everyone would come to know Him! He doesn’t want anyone to perish, but He won’t force it onto anyone! He wants it to be a “want to”, not a “has to”. God is calling us all home! God is waiting for us to turn back to Him! God isn’t rushing to the end times because He is patient and doesn’t want anyone to perish! He has His timing set, so don’t wait too long to turn back to your Heavenly Daddy and call out to Him! Don’t wait too long and miss out on the promises of your Heavenly Daddy! Let’s come together as a family who will spend eternity together with our Abba Father, our Heavenly Daddy rather than the alternative of being set apart from Him.
So yes, our “family” may not be perfect, but with God’s hand on it and in it, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!
Let’s not miss out on the power and the truth of being adopted by our Abba Father – our Heavenly Daddy and the benefits that come with it.
I love my daddy! I love my heavenly daddy!