God Our Father ….. June 21, 2020
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Matthew 6:9 ESV
It is hard to imagine the fact that we have a heavenly Father that loves us beyond measure. An amazing fact about our heavenly Father is that he is perfect. He makes no mistakes, his love is perfect, and he is adorned in holiness. Beautiful… majestic….. powerful…. gentle…… kind….. on and on the description of him could go, but this one thing is beyond my comprehension….. he allows me to be his child. The God of all creation.. master of all that is or ever will be, calls me his child. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called the children of God; 1 John 3:1 ESV I am not aware of any other god that recognizes those who follow their teaching as their children. God adopted us and sealed this adoption with the Holy Spirit. For we did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15 ESV How then, as children of God, should we respond to our heavenly Father?
WE LOVE HIM:
And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; 2 John 1a. ESV If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15 ESV
I believe this is the basic evidence of being a child of God. We do not live just for ourselves, but because we love God, we desire to walk / keep his commandments. This is not a duty, but a desire of the heart, motivated by love for God. This is the line between being religious and being a follower of God. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he answered with these words. “And you shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind and with All your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 ESV When you follow these two commandments, you will keep all the ten commandments, for they all reflect our relationship with God and with others. Keeping the ten commandments because you’re religious is much different than keeping them motivated by love for God.
WE HONOR HIM:
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power. for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11 ESV
When we grow as God’s children in our understanding of him, honoring him will become more important to us. Jesus, when teaching us how to pray, instructed us how to address him by recognizing that he is Holy… even in name. “Our Father in heaven, HALLOWED be your name.” Matthew 6:9 ESV To honor him in his Holiness is to recognize who he is in your life as his child.
WE OBEY HIM:
Has the Lord great delight in burnt offering and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, TO OBEY IS BETTER than sacrifice. 1 Samuel 15:22 ESV We do not understand sacrifice as it was done in the Old Testament and in the beginning of the New Testament, but we do understand bargaining. For example what if we framed the verse to say, “Has the Lord delight in your works as he does in your obedience?” In other words I do something wrong, but I make it right by working a little harder for God. It is like doing something wrong and then saying no problem. I’ll just bring an extra sacrifice to God and make it up. Jesus’s work on the cross was the ultimate work to bring about forgiveness of sin… we can do no work greater than this. The work is already done; we as sheep must follow the Shepherd’s voice in obedience.
The best Father’s day gift you can bring to God (who has no need of anything) is love, honor, and obedience. In these you will bring him the greatest praise due his precious name. It is living intentionally for him every day with the above points being the motivation in your life as a Christian. Study your Bible not for the purpose of knowing more about God, but for how to live more in the way he wants you to live. Let your life be lived in a way that creates a “life-style evangelism.” It is the best way you can say to him…. Happy Fathers Day.
Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David