“He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven…” Mathew 18:2-3
A good friend of mine was sharing about his 3 year old, Andrew. He said one of the greatest things about coming home from work is the greeting he receives from his son at the door. When Andrew sees his dad at the end of day he is full of hugs, his face lights up with joy, and he talks non-stop as he runs to the arms of his daddy. Andrew wants to go wherever his daddy goes and do whatever daddy does. For Andrew daddy is everything, his world is complete when daddy comes home.
It with great excitement that I begin this new blog series, The Character of Abba Father’s Heart. This subject is the passion and vision of Oceans Ministries. I also believe it to be the #1 passion on the heart of Jesus, he desires to demonstrate to a spiritually-orphaned world what His Abba (Daddy) Father is like. That is why Jesus makes that outlandish declaration in the verse above, to get into the Father’s Kingdom you need to “become like little children.” Little children who, like Andrew, totally trust and find absolute delight in being with their daddy. Jesus during his life on earth continually revealed what this child and Abba Father relationship is to look like, and his greatest desire is that we experience that same relationship with the Father for eternity. Read Jesus’ prayer in John 17.
My heartfelt prayer for this series is that you will become like little Andrew, whose world is complete when Daddy comes home. I earnestly hope that the heart of Abba Father will be revealed to you and you will be able to trust Him completely as a 3 year old fully trusts in the love of his daddy. For many, because of a poor father image or the outright lies of Satan about the character of Father God, this subject can be painful. Our first view of God is seen through our earthly father and if that relationship was strained or nonexistent the tendency is to run away from any concept of God being Father, or to be terrified of having a relationship with Him.
Yet, as said earlier, the goal and mission of Jesus was to reveal to you exactly who God the Father is. Ultimately, this is the most important relationship you will ever have and will fill you with joy unspeakable and full of glory (I Peter 1:8). So I challenge you to join in and discover the “Daddy” that your soul has been created to know.
My prayer this week comes in the form of a song sent to me by my daughter it is called “Good, Good Father” by The Housefires. What a great theme song as this blog series begins!