Monday, July 27, 2009

Precious Child

Thomas Watson (17th century English preacher and author) wrote, “The name Jehovah carries majesty in it; the name Father carries mercy in it.”

It is an amazing thought to me that the Sovereign God, the High King of Heaven calls us His children. As believers in Christ we are His beloved children. John put it this way, “See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children, and we really are!” I John 3:1

The apostle Paul reminded believers, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Romans 8:14 – 16

What a glorious privilege to call God our Abba Father, which is a tender term like “daddy.” It means we are loved. We are forgiven. We are free to go before His throne and pour out our hearts to Him. Psalms reminds us, “As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion toward those who fear him.” Psalm 103

My friend, I don’t know what your life is like right now, but I do know if you are a follower of Christ, you have a Heavenly Father who tenderly and dearly loves you. Enjoy the blessing of being a part of His family and the strength that comes from knowing you are passionately loved by Him. If you have never taken that step of faith in Jesus, I hope you will recognize God’s loving arms open wide ready to welcome all who believe. Out of God’s great love for us, He sent His Son Jesus to die for us. He rose again giving promise of eternal life to those who believe.

Just as the father ran and embraced the repentant son in the well-known parable of the Prodigal Son, so our Heavenly Father runs to us with arms open wide. His embrace is compassionate and gracious; slow to anger and abounding in love.

If you are continuing with me on the theme week idea for younger kids, I would encourage you to have a Family Week. You can put together a scrapbook with pictures of your family and extended family. Call, write or email family members to say hello and let them know you are thinking about them. Draw pictures of your family tree. Make a special time this week to visit any members of the family who live in the area. Ask them to tell you stories of their childhood (you may want to add some of those stories to the scrapbook). Pray together and take pictures together. As a devotional talk about the wonderful privilege it is to be a part of God’s family. Read Romans 8 and reflect on the fact that nothing can separate you from His love.

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