And because you really are His sons, God has sent the Holy Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying Abba! Father! (Galatians 4:6)
Quite often, in fact routinely, as I spend daily time with the Lord, I have pen and paper with me because I assume that our time together is not just me speaking. My assumption is that we will communicate together and that He will have instructions, words of encouragement for myself or others, words of correction. One morning I wrote the following:
“Papa” – You cannot be a vessel capable of bringing me to a needy world if you are filled up with your own “concerns”. All of those busy little things are, in fact, My concerns if you will let them be – so that you can get on with the business of the Kingdom. Go about your day with the sure understanding that I have control of all of these things that are trying to beset you.
I love that word “Papa”! Like Abba, it connotes loving care, a doting. That my heavenly Father began the message with “Papa” demonstrates the depth and type of relationship that He wants to have with His children. And, I think, so very especially, with His daughters.
God reflects Himself through each individual person; through each individual citizen of His Kingdom. Through His sons and through His daughters. Because He is full of grace (“unmerited favor, spiritual blessing and mercy” – Acts 20:24), it follows that we should reflect graciousness. Because He is the God of peace (Ephesians 2:14), we should reflect “a peace that passes all understanding“(Philippians 4:7). Because He is love (1 John 4:16), love should be our defining characteristic. Peace, graciousness, love. And the peace extends further! In His message to me that morning, and in His Word (Matthew 6:33), His assurance is that if we will seek Him first, attend to His kingdom and His righteousness, He will see to all the issues of our lives.
Now that is certainly characteristic of the abundant life that Jesus came to give us. And they are powerful weapons against an enemy that exists only to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10).
Proverbs 4:9 – [Wisdom] shall give to your head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty and glory she will deliver to you.
Scriptures associated with today’s post:
John 1:12 Romans 8: 9-15 Galatians 4:5-6 Ephesians 1:5 Ephesians 2:3-6