Creed: The Father Says 'Welcome to My Family'
- Monday, October 25, 2004
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6:8)
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 the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:13)
4. God the Father won’t leave us hanging when we’re out there representing the family.
Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Luke 10: 19b, 20)
5. God the Father counts every single one of His children as precious.
In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost. (Matthew 18:14)
Jesus had just given the parable of the 100 sheep when He said this about our Father. If one…just one…should wander away from Him, would He go after it? You betcha! That one is just as important to Him as the 99 who did not wander off.
At some point, those of us who are a part of the family have wandered off. Some of us were aimless for years while others may have only stepped away from the fold momentarily. No matter. God the Father is very much aware of us all. We are all His children and we are all important to Him.
When our youngest daughter was nearing her teen years, we moved to a large city. When she became old enough, she would to “go out” with her friends at night. Do you know what this meant for her father and me? Lots of sleepless nights. Nights when we went to bed…but not to sleep. Until we heard the front door open and the deadbolt being locked back into place, we were unable to rest. Why? Because our little one—though an adult—was out there somewhere in the dark of night in a great big city monsters prowling about.
God the Father feels the same way. He just “sleeps better” (though God doesn’t slumber nor sleep, according to the psalmist), when He knows we’re safe at home.
6. God the Father is merciful!
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36)
Ah, there it is, another responsibility.
Matthew Henry wrote: These are hard lessons to flesh and blood. But if we are thoroughly grounded in the faith of Christ's love, this will make his commands easy to us. Every one that comes to him for washing in his blood, and knows the greatness of the mercy and the love there is in him, can say, in truth and sincerity, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Let us then aim to be merciful, even according to the mercy of our heavenly Father to us.
If you spend enough time with me, you will most likely hear me say the following: I think we too often forget where we came from…what we were like before Christ got hold of us.
I can’t take credit for that statement. You see, when I finally, truly yielded my life to Christ (at the age of 26), I became pretty critical of those I knew who walked on both sides of the picket fence. Quite judgmental; yes that was me! Until one day, my husband—quite tired of my finger pointing—pointed his finger back and me and said, “Remember where you came from.”
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