In the world today, many at times, we joke with the question “who’s your daddy?”. However, honestly and critically, we really need to know that answer. I’ll tell you why. It’s either you lie about who your father is or you don’t know if him, if your life isn’t a reflection of him.
Take for example, the Vice Chancellor of a university. His child can’t be an illiterate. You agree with me because to reach that level of influence as being the Vice Chancellor, he is clearly literate. His son then has to be an extension of that dimension (becoming literate also).
So, who really is your daddy? Because, if your daddy is truly the King of Kings, then your life should not be void of royalty. If you say your daddy is holy, then your life should not preach anything contrary to holiness. Also, if you say your Father is light, then acts of darkness should not be found in your life, as light and darkness can not dwell together.
The trend among Christians today is to say things, confess things and repeat as learnt. But, the life of God is deeper than that. We recite and confess Psalm 82:6 like no other, but “a child of God does not make a practice of sinning” (1 John 5:18).
1 John 1:6 says,
“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth”.
We can’t be the opposite of what God is and expect eternity with Him. It is not possible. Thinking such makes you fool yourself. Daniel said “those that know their God shall be strong and do exploit” – Daniel 11:32. Do we just think He is saying “they that have a Bible and know the nature and characteristics of God written in it, shall be strong and…”; of course not.
Christianity is not the reason why you are not doing exploits. It is your inability (ignorance) and your actions (sin and transgressions) that trivializes the rate at which you can understand the pillars of becoming a true son and manifesting His life (The higher life, eternal life). This life of God is available to everyone, as it is written in the book of 1 John 5:11-12.
The little problem that I have seen common in this body today is that, we have gotten too obsessed with getting the rewards of being a child and not seeking the relationship of a Father which in turn causes resemblance problem between Father and child. We do not seek relationship with God, so we never really reach that “presence” which is “Heaven” to us.
John 5:17 says, God is always working, but we trivialize the result of His works because we are not conscious of them. How? There’s no intimacy with the Father.
Intimacy with the Father
Looking at who a father is in simple terms, a father is one who raises children and his act is to support and nuture them. So, if Yahweh is your Father and you never give Him time to support and nuture you, how will you know anything about Him or what He is doing for you?
I always wondered why Pastor Adeboye calls Him “Daddy”. He said there is a “sabbath”, a rest that comes upon him whenever he calls Him “Daddy”. God isn’t just the Alpha and the Omega, God is a Father that needs the company of His child. Yes, He wants it. Has that not occurred to you? If it hasn’t, meditate on why in His glory and power, He left all in Heaven and came to win you back.
Don’t you know that He is excited whenever His children are together, sharing His word whether in church or online? He died for the opportunity for you to read this. He died to hear you say “Daddy I love you”. God needs it so much, no angel can give it to Him. Don’t deny Him of that pleasure, there’s something you have that I cannot give Him, and there’s something I have that you cannot give Him. That’s why you need a personal relationship with your Father – God.
Intimacy is not one of those things that can be interceded for. Give God time. We might have busy schedules, work, the need to be economically productive; but the secret place is not a place to rush. So, when you go there, you become under the influence that your Father – the Lord of the secret place.
Take note that, intimacy is a function of time. Intimacy is a result of the sacrifice of time. It takes time to truly know the Father.
Look at Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). The Lord came to their home and Mary found the presence. She found the secret place, she found intimacy. Martha was carried away with activities. This means we can have two Christians who are regular church attendees, but only one has a real relationship with the Father. The Psalmist says he that dwells (Psalm 91:1), not he that visits.
1 John 1:3 tells us to fellowship with the Father, and with the Son. We know the Father more by beholding the Son. Not by just accepting the Son, His power and everything that comes with Him, and throw away the fellowship of the Father. Jesus is the Grace of God (John 1:14), the extention of the Love of the Father. So, properly comprehending and understanding that grace is shrouded in the journey of finding His Love.
I truly tell you, you will never cherish the salvation brought to you by Jesus Christ if you never know the Love of the Father.
John 3:16 says, “for God so…” what? It means before the arrival of salvation to us, there was an act that preordered it, love.
Salvation and Grace
One of the most fascinating thing about the gospel of salvation and grace is that man never asked for it. When John was revealing this, he said in 3:16 that “God so loved man that he gave man a means of coming back to Him”. Man didn’t even ask for it. He doesn’t want Heaven without us, so He sent Heaven to us through Christ. What a wonderful God.
We must be very careful in explaining the gospels. The gospel of salvation denotes what God did for man, but the gospel of the kingdom involves man‘s response to God. This is where man after receiving salvation, builds a relationship with the Father.
In the New Testament, there are two main definitions of God given by Apostle John. God is light (1 John 1:5) and God is love (1 John 4:8). Christ brought a new commandment for the new covenant (Love), because when Love lives in you, the Father is in you.
These are some of the characteristics of a father and God is ready to fulfil this to anyone willing to create a Father-Child relationship.
1. A father cultivates his children – John 15
2. A father affirms his children – Romans 8:15
3. A father invest in his children; because they represent him – John 15:16, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10.
4. The safest place for a child is with his father. A father protects his children – Psalm 91
5. A father disciplines His children – Hebrews 12:6-11, Isaiah 38:16
I end with this. You know the Father by embracing the Son. You know God the Father by embracing the person of Jesus Christ. The more you see Him, the more you see the Father. I said earlier, “God’s grace through Jesus, is shrouded in His love.”
May the Lord impart us with the hunger of passion to chase after Him.