Creed: The Father Says 'Welcome to My Family'
- Monday, October 25, 2004
Do you want to know what I think it the most awesome thing about being a Christian? No, not that we get to go to Heaven…though that’s pretty exciting! Rather, what I think is the most wonderful, stupendous part is this: every day…every single day…we have the opportunity to know God better. To know Him more. Whether through His Word, His movement in our dance with Him, or in our time of prayer, we have this unbelievable opportunity to know the one true God!
Yippee! Yippee! Yippee! (I’m doing the Happy Dance just thinking about it!)
With that in mind, what did Jesus say about His Father, whom He is so wonderfully willing to share with those of us whom are called “adopted”? (Ephesians 1:5)
1. He calls upon us to love, pray for, and forgive … everyone!
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? (Matthew 5:44-46)
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:25)
God the Father is the forgiver of sins…but that forgiveness comes with the responsibility of giving forgiveness to others.
But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:15)
(Yeah, being a part of this incredible family of God puts certain responsibilities upon us. Recently, I met a lovely lady from Great Britain. She and I spoke of the royal family of England and some of the misadventures of late. She said, “When you are a part of the royal family, you have responsibilities to perform and behave in certain ways. It’s important to know that early on.”
Like those who are members of the royal family of England, we—the Royal Family of God—have responsibilities toward others. To love them. To pray for them. And to forgive them. Otherwise, our status as members falls into jeopardy.)
2. God the Father rewards His children!
Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:1)
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:11)
(I suppose it’s kinda like getting an allowance. You remember, don’t you? Take out the garbage, clean your room, dust the furniture, do well in school…and you get a reward. You didn’t get an allowance from the daddy down the street or the mother at the market. No, you received your “reward” from your parents. That reward came from acting according to the requirments.)
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)
3. God the Father is keenly aware of our needs…long before we know or even ask of Him.
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