Call Me Father

Dear Neighbour,

Have you noticed how the word ‘God’ is never far from our lips.  Sadly it is sometimes used in cursing but many times it is barely audible as someone utters His name in a moment of anguish.  What does the word ‘God’ mean to you?Out of curiosity I ran a survey among the people I know.  I was amazed how everyone gave a different answer to the question:  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘God’? GRACIOUS, CREATOR, ETERNAL. JOY, BIG, AWESOME, SAFETY LOVE, PROVISION, POWER, MAJESTY, MY ROCK, COMFORTER, SUPER POWER, MY SAVIOUR, GOOD, PEACE, FORGIVING, RELIABLE, and FRIEND were some of the responses.  I am sure that you could add to the list.  Like the many facets of a diamond, God displays Himself as the great ‘I AM…’ (and you can fill in the blank!).God has impressed on my heart that He is ALL of the above AND MORE but that His heart’s desire is that you relate to Him firstly as ‘FATHER’.  In John 14:8,9 Philip, one of the disciples, said to Jesus: “Lord, show us the Father” to which Jesus replied, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?  He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, “Show us the Father’? To see Jesus is to see God.  To know Jesus is to know God. Jesus is the Father-in-the-flesh.  There is a point here that I don’t want you to miss.  Jesus reveals God to us but only the blood of Jesus Christ can re-unite us with our heavenly Father.  To know about God and Jesus is not enough.  God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit want to be  IN RELATIONSHIP with you.

Jesus always referred to God as ‘Father’.  The Father-child relationship so beautifully portrayed by God-Jesus can be yours today through repentance.  Jesus paid with His life blood to be your mediator.  He is the only One who can put your hand in the hand of God and make God’s dream of fatherhood a reality.  What a tragedy if you keep God ‘out there somewhere’ when He wants to be  even closer than your own earthly family.  God longs to hear you call Him ‘Abba, Father’.  ‘Abba’ reminds me of the baby sounds emanating from a small child who is learning to speak.  I believe that Jesus slipped in this Aramaic word for Father to remind us of this wonderful, close relationship.  Jesus used the word in the Garden of Gethsamene when He was in extreme anguish at the knowledge of the suffering that lay ahead of Him.  And yet He submitted to God’s will to suffer on your behalf.  Do you know that on the cross Jesus was offered myrrh to help with the pain and He refused it JUST SO THAT HE WOULD TAKE ALL YOUR SIN AND PAIN UPON HIMSELF? Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it. (Mark 15:23).

‘Abba’ is the beautiful cry humans make at their spiritual birth when for the first time their spirits connect with the Spirit of the Living God.  …but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15) But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” (Galatians 4:4-6).  It is the sound an adopted child makes when held in the arms of an Everlasting Father!  By all means enjoy every amazing facet of God but please keep your focus on the ultimate relationship of heavenly-Father -earthly child.  A tender, small voice is saying to you today, “Call Me Father”.  Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God.  (1 John 3:1)x Libby