Ben Reaoch | Category: The Christian Life
This picture of John F. Kennedy with his son, John F. Kennedy Jr., gives us a faint glimpse of the awesome reality that believers have been adopted by God the Father. The president of the United States is arguably the most powerful person on the planet. And here we have a photograph which captures the unique access his children have to him. Many very important people never have the opportunity to enter the oval office. But John Jr. hangs out under the desk while his dad works on important business.
Access to the Father
How much greater it is to be children of the Almighty God! As powerful as the president of the United States may be, God is infinitely more powerful. Our heavenly Father rules the universe. He is orchestrating millions of significant events at every moment. And yet He welcomes us to sit at His feet and enjoy His presence. We can speak to Him, and He hears us. What an amazing privilege – may we not take it for granted.
Immanence and Transcendence
Romans 8:15 says that we “have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” There is an intimacy implied in these words. We can speak to Him as our dear Father who loves us and cares about the details of our lives. He is imminent, near to us.
However, lest we become too casual in our communication with God, we should also be reminded of His transcendence. We have to remember who He is. In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray, “Our Father in heaven.” It’s instructive to consider both pieces of that address. There is the intimacy of approaching God as Father, but there is also the realization that He is in heaven and that He is holy and righteous and transcendent.
Therefore as we approach God in prayer we must realize both that He is our loving Father and also that He is the sovereign King who rules on high. We can call Him Father, yes, but that should not diminish our reverence for Him. Hebrews 12:28-29, “let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
Don’t think that just because God is our Father that we can treat Him casually or irreverently. On the other hand, neither should we think that because God is so transcendent and so high above us that we can never talk to Him. We need to perceive both of these emphases. He is our Father, and He is in heaven.
Motivation to Prayer
May the truth of our adoption be an encouragement for us to pray! Meditate on the fact that if you are in Christ by faith, then you are an adopted child of the Almighty God. Your Father is the most powerful person in the universe. You have the privilege of entering His presence and speaking to Him. And He loves to listen to His children!
Image Credit: PX 65-105:227 President John F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr. in the Oval Office.Photo by Stanley Tretick, Look Magazine.
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