Following the Father – Abba’s Post

Quickly perusing the latest posts on my Instagram I find a picture of a precious new born baby, a birthday celebration of a smiling little girl, a flag football game of a young boy’s team called the Bronco’s (yea!), a weddings, bike ride, trips, and inspirational quotes. Many of these posts reflect proud parents who love their kids and want to share their experience and love with others in their social network.

As I shared with you in a previous blog Abba Father breaks into time and space to share with the world His heartfelt love and pride over His Son Jesus. At Jesus’ Baptism and Transfiguration the Father posts like any other adoring parent:

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased! (Matthew 3:17/17:5).

Like a proud parent who jumps up and down on the stands after their child scored the winning goal or hit the last minute shot to win the game, the Father leaps off His throne in Heaven to cheer on His only Son. He wants the world to hear “That’s My Boy!!! Did you see him just walk into the Jordan to identify with sinners in baptism? How faithful my Son is to live out the will of Heaven? Wow! I love Him so much, I’m so proud of my only Boy!”

Abba doesn’t want us to miss how He feels about His Son. His love for Jesus is so overwhelming that His shout from Heaven is so loud that the atmosphere was ripped in two to usher in a proud Father’s heart (Mk. 1:10). The same thing happens at the Transfiguration, where Jesus climbs up a high mountain with Peter, James, and John to pray. As the Son seeks out His Father to prepare His heart for the coming Cross Heaven consumes the mountain with glory and the Father sends Moses and Elijah to encourage Jesus for the journey ahead of Him. But again the Father can’t contain Himself and shouts out the same words:

“This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

Notice Abba adds, “Listen to Him!” Oh don’t miss these 3 words. These 3 penetrating words bring healing and life to those who hear. What the Father is saying when He tells us to “Listen to Him” is that Jesus’ life, death, resurrection is also reign ripping heaven wide open for you so you too can hear The Father Post about you. Jesus came so that you would know the truth about what The Father thinks about you. Through the love of Christ He shouts “You’re my son/daughter, I love you, I’m so proud of who you are!!!”

Think of Jesus as the Post from Abba Father that comes to you everyday to shout out the Father’s indescribable love for you. Today take a few moments to focus on this post from Abba and listen to Jesus shout out the Father’s everlasting love for you.

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God,” 1 John 3:1.

Following the Father – #jer333

What’s God’s telephone number? Someone asked me this question when I in college? I had no idea exactly how to respond, the perplexed expression on my face prompted my friend to answer his own question with “Jere333,” and preceded to tell me to look up Jeremiah 33:3 and I did! Here it is:

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

What a promise from the Father to His followers, He will answer when we call out to Him. This morning in my daily Psalm reading David made this statement:

“When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.”

Psalm 138:3

Jesus takes this promise to heart. Right after He was baptized in the Jordan, likely still soaking wet, He calls out to His Father in prayer (Luke 3:21). The Father was pleased with the humility of His son’s spirit identifying with sinners in baptism and calling out to Him for help. The Father quickly responds by tearing apart the heavens, filling Jesus up with the Holy Spirit, and speaking words of love and affirmation over Him (Mark 1:10-11). What an incredible picture!

Throughout the Gospels Jesus continues to demonstrate to us the overriding principle for Following the Father, simply stated calling upon Him in prayer. On three public occasions-Jesus’ Baptism, the Transfiguration, and a prayer of preparation before the cross (John 12:28). Each time Jesus calls to His Father there is an audible voice, a voice that explodes through time and space with words of affirmation and love for His son Jesus the Messiah!

If Christ is in you then you have a Father who will rip open the heavens to speak with you when you call on Him. In fact your Father can’t wait to respond to you out of His infinite love for you. When I see that one of my kids have texted me or believe it or not actually called me I will do everything I can to respond right away. However I have to be honest and admit that I don’t respond immediately to everyone who may text or leave a voicemail, sorry L. But if it is my kids or my wife I am highly motivated by love and I find joy in answering. Your Father can’t wait to respond to you His child, bring to Him whatever is on your heart at this very moment.

To update to today’s terms try hashtag#jer333 and believe He will answer you and in His time will reveal to you great and unsearchable things of His love that is beyond your understanding.

Just incase you lost it, here it is again #jer333!



Following the Father – To the River


Baptisms have always been a highlight and the other week I preached at a church where three adults from China were baptized! The testimonies captivated the service and it literally seemed that time stood still as each one shared the miraculous interventions of God’s grace in their lives. It was as if the water that covered these new believers in baptism flowed out into the congregation with waves of heaven’s joy as the Father’s presence flooded the room.

When you look at the life of Jesus and the critical event that launched Him into ministry you have to follow Him to the Jordan River where His baptism took place. There in the wilderness John the Baptist baptized Jesus. John preached repentance. John called people to jump into the flowing river as a symbol of their sins being washed down stream.

John was humbled that Jesus wanted to be baptized by him and in a way this story is one of “show and tell.” You recall that elementary school activity where students took turns bringing in something that was of value and shared why for fellow classmates. After Jesus’ baptism the heavens opened up and the voice of the Father could be heard from above. Jesus was “showing the Father” to His followers. Jesus was sinless and was not in need of baptism, yet Jesus insisted on going under the Jordan River as all the others stood in line. He did this to show others the way. Through this act of baptism He “showed us” how we are to turn from sin. Sin keeps us from a love relationship with the Father. Sin holds us in bondage. Yet, through the act of baptism Jesus “was telling us” that He would take the sin of the world on His shoulders and He would do so at the cross. There are sins were and buried forever in the grave. And because of His resurrection we would hear the voice of our Abba Father!

As I witnessed the three baptism that Sunday I was reminded how I daily need to follow Jesus to the river, plunge under Calvary’s stream, and die to self in order to open my heart and my mind to the voice of my Father. Jesus demonstrated this to us in word and deed. This is clearly stated in Luke 9:23-25

If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and yet lose or forfeit his very self.  

This morning before I wrote this blog I went down to the river and jumped in again. I confessed my sin and my need for a Savior. Daily I need to have my sins washed away and die to my self-willed life, so that I can hear my Father’s voice; a voice that brings true life. If you haven’t done so yet today, I encourage you to walk down to the river and jump in and let Jesus bring you up and out so that you can hear from your Abba Father.

Following the Father – Like


A few years ago while taking a group of high school students to Africa a group of them thought I needed to be on the social network Instagram, so I could stay updated with what was going on in their lives. Most of you know how it works, but just in case you don’t, the whole idea is to post a picture and message on Instagram and then it goes out to anyone who has this app and has requested to follow you. Through this communication you are able to peer into the lives of the people you follow, see where they have vacationed, people they hang with, and whatever interesting and sometimes crazy things they want to reveal. Once you “see it” you have the opportunity to tap a little red heart that indicates you “like it!”

Instagram is just one of the many ways social media keeps people connected or in some cases addicted :). We live in a society that spends hours a day looking down at their phone not wanting to lose touch with their social network of friends and certainly don’t want to miss out on any relevant posts, all this got me wondering what if God the Father had an Instagram to communicate His heart to us, how many of us would follow Him or like what He posted? I would hope He would have around 2 billion followers adding to it daily and at least a billion likes each post.

But in all reality He has given us something better to communicate His heart and that is His Son Jesus. The Bible says He is the very image of the invisible God:

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being sustaining all things by His powerful word (Heb. 1:3).

Jesus is the Father’s Instagram post to communicate His heart of love to each of His followers. For the next several blogs I want to remind you how Abba Father communicates through Jesus to us and how Jesus shows us how to hear the Father’s voice. Those who pay attention to the voice of the Father as Jesus did will experience the Father’s Spirit, which leads to a glorious transformation.

As a pre-teen Jesus made knowing the Father His number 1 passion. In Luke 2:41ff we read about the 12 year old Jesus leaving his mom and Joseph to spend time at His Father’s house right after the Passover. In fact it took the family 3 days to find Jesus after they realized He wasn’t with them on the journey back home to Nazareth. You can imagine their anger and relief when they found Jesus at the temple. An upset Mary likely was quite upset as you can imagine but notice Jesus’ reply:

“Why were you searching for me?” He asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (vs. 49).

At an early age Jesus made hearing and knowing the Father His consuming passion. We too should adjust our hearing so that it begins with an all out search for the Father, a search that places all else secondary compared to finding and following the voice of the Father and claiming His heart for us. My prayer is that you will join me on this journey of Following the Father!