Posted by: pastortomvabeach | February 13, 2018

Thought for the Week February 19, 2018

In preparing the talk for Sunday, February 11, I was struck again by the almost unfathomable truth and amazing mystery that, in Christ, we get to be God’s children. Have you ever taken some time to just consider what this means?

Listen to what the Bible says about everyone who believes in Jesus as their Savior: John 1:12, To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave right to become children of God. Romans 8:15, For you 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!” I John 3:1, See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

What kind of love is that? We, who were enemies of God because of sin, who deserved judgment for our rebellion, He made His children. Can you get your head around the idea that God calls us His children and wants us to come to Him as children because He loves us? (John 16:27) the Father himself loves you. We have the unbelievable privilege of coming to God as children not as guests, not as visitors, not as outsiders but as children of the King!

Some of you may be old enough to remember pictures that were published during the presidency of John F. Kennedy. These pictures showed Caroline and John John, Kennedy’s small children in front of and sometimes under the president’s desk in the oval office. You can find these pictures pretty easily if you want to check it out. I found some on http://www.bing.com.

The touching aspect of these photos is that here is probably the most powerful leader on earth, in his workplace, where some of the most prominent people in the world yearn to visit, and his kids are playing under his desk, sitting on his lap, talking with daddy. I’ll bet they weren’t talking about the Cuba missile crisis. They were enjoying intimate time with their dad.

This is precisely our privilege as children of God. We get to come into His office any time we want. In fact, He urges us to Come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16). Did you know that’s the most important aspect of prayer? Spending time with your Father in His throne room. You don’t need to have the right words. You don’t need a proper prayer list. You don’t even need to make an appointment although making an appointment sometimes helps us to be consistent.

The idea is to simply recognize that He is your Father and draw close to Him so that He can love you and let you love Him. Makes prayer pretty simple, doesn’t it? So why not try it now? Just a thought.

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