Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father of Fathers

Happy Father’s day to all the Fathers out there! The one day of the year, the Fathers "supposedly" get the limelight from the mothers :-). Enjoy while you can men.

I did some research on the few world religions and how each of them viewed their god. Their gods besides being little flirtatious are portrayed as mighty warriors. Being man-made to provide them false security, as the Lord stated through prophet Isaiah they are like those who made ‘em.

Their gods were created to ward off evil so they look terrifying with muted bodies or they don’t have any shape.

The Ya-weh God whom we worship, Yes He is to be feared. Yes there’s thunder in his footsteps and lightening in his fists as Psalm 18 claims. Yes No one has ever seen God and lived. Yet, as the Scripture consistently portrays from Genesis until Revelation with various stories, events and prophesies, our God who is the creator and sustainer of life is our FATHER. God’s Father-ship is not a brand new NT concept introduced by the NT writers. Let me quote couple of verses from innumerous references.

Deuteronomy 32:6 6Do you thus repay the LORD, you foolish and senseless people? Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you?

Isaiah 64:8 8But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand

There are scores of references in Psalms and other books of OT. In the New Testament, He’s referenced many times as, Father in Heaven. And our favorite term ABBA Father is used 3 times in NT.

'Abba, Father,' he said, 'everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.'" (Mark 14:36)

"For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.'" (Romans 8:15)

"Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, 'Abba, Father.'" (Galatians 4:6)

ABBA is a loaded Aramaic word. When we say ABBA Father, it’s pretty much like saying Father, Father or if we can add some respectful endearment to it could be “Dear Father”. He is our ABBA Father.

Knowing our creator God as our ABBA Father is only the beginning. Now what is expected of us in reference to our ABBA Father? Jesus made this Mount Everest kinda statement in Matthew 5:48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Who can be as perfect as God, our ABBA Father?

Ø No one can be as perfect as God.

Ø Is Jesus calling us for an exercise of futility?

No. The Greek word used there is teleios. That word perfect implies completion or maturity, something more than sinless perfection though it does include that as well.

Men, here are some areas of our lives we can strive to attain perfection:

1. In Character

2. In Holiness

3. In Maturity

4. In love


ABBA Father, Father of Fathers & Father of Fatherless, please help us to strive to attain perfection in our character, in holiness, in maturity and in love between this Father’s day and next Father’s day between next Father’s day to the end of our lives. We cannot do it on our own. Help us to rely you. May we draw strength from you to live for you. In the name of your only Begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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