I grew up without a dad. It must be hard to believe or even understand for those who have had the blessing of having both parents involved in their life. I’ve often sat back in wonder what it would be like, watching dad’s with their sons interacting on fishing trips, camping or other father, son activities. Even without having a Father in my life, I’ve had a privilege of knowing God directly as my Father. In some cases, I consider myself having it better than most sons. Fathers are to be a reflection of the Fatherly love of God to their children, but yet oh how much greater is God’s love for us! I have experienced the encounter of knowing the Father’s love first hand, no hinderances.
Identity is so vital within the life of a Christian. In our culture there are voices from every angle trying to speak to you’re identity. For some people they are engrossed in a career that they find identity in, for others they are ministry driven. In the midst of all of our jobs, functions and things that we do, may we never forget that before anything else we are sons.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3
Our identity is not wrapped up completely as a servant of God. Jesus made that clear by calling us “no longer servants but friends” in John 15. A servant is not involved in his master’s duties and doesn’t know the master intimately. [box] No we have been given an even greater identity, we have been adopted as sons. This changes everything friends! To know the sonship of our relationship with the Father! (Don’t worry, if you’re female this applies to you too! If men have to understand what it means to be the bride of Christ, then as a woman you have the privilege of understanding what it means to be a son).[/box] This changes my perspective on life that I am simply a robot recieving instructions from the mother ship, constantly waiting on God to send me marching orders. As a son, I am a co-heir, co-laboror working together with my Father to accomplish His will on earth. When we get involved in what the Father is doing, He gets interested in what we are doing.
As we think about Father’s day coming up this weekend, may we seriously consider our relationship to Father God as sons. The implications of this are far greater than we can imagine. The favor that comes with sonship, the authority that we have and the sheer fact that I am loved as a son are enough for me to chew on for the next few rotations around the sun. How about you?