Feeling Like Family

“…you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children.”  ~ Romans 8:15b NLT

One of the core ideas of the Gospel is adoption. That when God saves us He re-births us into His family. This means He is our Father. And while it is “Christianity 101” I’ve found that its something we never “grow past.” Primarily I think there are two reasons why we don’t go beyond God’s Fatherhood.

First, this is an eternal reality. The end of history will not be the end of God being Father. No, it will be the culmination of God as Father. In Revelation 21:6-7, God says this to John, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.” (emphasis mine) Unlike the relationship with our earthly parents which is short lived, and is a constantly changing dynamic as we progress toward autonomy, our relationship with our Heavenly Father is one of eternal significance and span. He will always be your ‘Abba’ and you will always be His beloved child.

Second, our brokenness gets in the way of fully grasping the Fatherhood of God. You’ve probably heard the terminology, “daddy issues” to refer to someone who has a severely broken relationship with their father which complicates other relationships. Sometimes these issues arise from serious abuse, in a broader sense though, we all have some brokenness in our relationship with our earthly dads- because they are after all, human. The brokenness of that relationship can severely complicate relating to our Heavenly Father. Especially if your earthly father was abusive, you may struggle mightily with even seeing God as your Heavenly Father. I pray that if this is your situation, you find healing and help in a healthy, loving community and wise counsel. For most of us though, our inability to grasp and experience well the Fatherhood of God goes beyond our relationship with our earthly fathers. Maybe you think of God as harsh or overly strict. Or you imagine Him to be a pushover with no rules and no consequences for sinful choices. These are only two examples of how our brokenness in viewing God, can make grasping and realizing the relationship God has with you as your Father difficult.

In pointing these realities out, I do so in the hope that you and I will not simply give up on knowing more than the ‘fact’ that we cry “Abba” Father. I long for you to know it in the core of your being. For it to permeate your relationship with God. For it to inform your relationship with others. More vitally, God wants you to know it at a soul level as well. So let me challenge you to ask God’s Father love to invade your life more fully than ever before. Have you noticed a particular area of difficulty? Confess it. Get help in resolving it. God loves you as His child. Let’s breathe this in for all eternity. Let’s allow it to change how we see ourselves and how we see others. After all, we are the children of God!

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