Today is Part 2 of “This is NOT a Fatherless generation!” I would encourage you to read Part 1 to understand the vision behind this series. You can read it here: http://claritywithcharity.com/?p=186
When I got the call that my earthly Father had died and was caught in a whirlwind of phone calls, questions, and a group of sweet friends that had gathered in my apartment to just hold me and pray, I never once in those frantic moments felt Fatherless. I experienced pain and grief in the months that followed, but I knew in the deepest realm of my being that I was not without a Father, because I knew God as a Father.
During college I read a book by Brennan Manning called “Abba’s Child.” This book awakened my heart to the realization that God wasn’t just my Father because He created me, but because He longed to shepherd me. He was waiting to offer encouragement and wise counsel like the best Fathers do. He wanted to protect me and to fight for my heart with a fierceness not even a gun toting Daddy from Texas could match.
Until I read Manning’s book, I had never considered what it meant for God to be my Father on a personal level. I had always considered it a nice theological thought but never a vital piece in my walk with the Lord. I knew my earthly Father loved me, and had sacrificed and worked hard for me my entire life. My earthly father had taught me about the most important thing, following Jesus. However, I began to realize that although my Father had been a man of passion for God and one who loved his family that he was a man. And men (or women) are not perfect and there were places in my heart where I needed a Father that my earthly father could not fill.
And that was ok, God is my Father and He is the perfect Father because He made us.
“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. “
This passage shows us that He understands every intricate detail of us and because of this He can provide the perfect guidance of a Father. Our earthly Fathers are limited by their humanity, time and space. This is why we MUST know the infinite, never ending love of our heavenly Father.
You are never too old or too young or too smart or too rich to need a Father.
Although God is your Creator and the lover of your soul, you must decide to give Him Lordship over your life, admit your need for a Savior and ask Jesus into your heart. If you have more questions about what it means to be a follower of Jesus, Please follow this link: http://peacewithgod.jesus.net/
If you are already a follower of Jesus, that is awesome! You are a part of the family of God. This is scripture tells us what it means to belong to His family!
Romans 8:12-17 (ESV) So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible and one I have read again and again to help my heart and mind understand what it means to be a child of God! Some further reading about this topic can be found in Ephesians 1:1-14 and Hebrews 12:5-11.
These are amazing promises and I would love to hear from you about what this passage is speaking to your heart?
What is the difference between being a slave and a son or daughter?
Are you living as a slave or a child?
On Monday we will continue our journey through discovering what it means to know God as your Father and I am going to give you some homework…actually some heartwork! I know, I know….its the SUMMER…but this will be worth it…. I promise! Praying for you dear friends!