“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV 1984)
I recently traveled twenty thousand miles to be with my father on his birthday, and throughout my journey, I pondered upon the blessings and privileges of being my father’s child.
There was one word, precious to the lips of Jesus, and that word was “Father”. All through His life on earth, Jesus always spoke to God as “Father”.
In any journey, there is a pathway and a destination. John 14:6 illustrates that Jesus is the way, and the destination is the Father. It is through the Lord Jesus Christ that we can know God as Father; He is the only one who can reveal the Father to us. By receiving new life through Christ, God becomes our Father, and this is one of the greatest treasures of Redeeming Grace: not only are we received into God’s family, we also gain all the privileges as children of God, being made joint heirs with Christ.
Let us consider some of the blessings of knowing God as our very own Father:
First, we receive a sense of personal identity. As our earthly fathers give us our identity and our family name, we have the same sense of belonging when we become children of God. We can run to our Heavenly Father’s arms, knowing that He cares for us and knows our every need.
Second, we obtain a home in heaven. Heaven becomes very real to us, with the assurance that we have a Father who loves us and awaits us when our earthly lives are over; our Father, the Creator of the universe, will send forth an escort of angels to usher us into a glorious entrance into our heavenly home.
Third, we have an assurance of total security, knowing that we are in the Father’s hand: “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:29 It is important to know that we are safe and secure in the Father’s hands, to consider that we are of infinitely more value than the sparrows, who are even under the watchful eye of the Father.
Fourth, knowing God as Father provides a motive for service. “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” John 8:29 Many would have us believe that worldly success provides security and a sense of fulfillment; however, the opposite is true, because with success, as the world defines it, comes the fear of losing the very things it brings forth. But the path to fulfillment in life is simple, as demonstrated by the Lord Jesus Christ: it is knowing God as our Father, and making it our intense desire to please Him by our actions, attitudes and motivations.
How wondrous it is to greet each new day, to experience the blessedness of knowing and trusting God as our Father!
Louisa Clayton, The One Great Reality, Address II, 2009, BiblioBazaar Edition
Derek Prince Sermon, “Knowing God as Father”, DP030+DP031
Photography by Dovydenko Vyascheslav