The Pulse: Adopted into the Family

The Pulse is a quick weekly thought from the leaders of Resonate that helps prepare us for the Sunday Gathering.

Prayer is Hard.

Last week (and over the next 3 weeks) we will take a deeper look at the trinitarian identity that Jesus gives us. My hope is to use this space in the newsletter to give some practical implications for how to live out these identities. 

For me, prayer is an area that proves to be difficult. There are many reason why this is the case, but some of them probably are:

  • I feel that God is distant and doesn't hear me or care. 
  • I feel that God is angry with me.
  • I sometimes feel like Jesus’ sacrifice was not sufficient to cover the depth of my sins.
  • Sometimes I just don’t feel like praying. 
  • Sometimes I just don’t have the words.

There are probably a myriad of other reasons, but I think you get the idea.

Adopted into the Family.

In Romans chapter 8, Paul says this: 

 [14] For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. [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!” [16] The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, [17] and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Paul reminds us of our adoption into the family of God. Not only have we been saved from the penalty, power, and presence of sin (as if that in itself is not the best news ever!), we are also saved into the family of God. We are sons. We are daughters. Amazing! 

In these verses, Paul says, “Since God was pleased to adopt you, and to put his Spirit within you, He also invites you to call the Father 'Abba.' " The word "Abba" is an intimate term for dad. The closest English equivalent is probably "Daddy."

Wrap your mind around that. The sovereign commander and creator of the universe allows us to call him Daddy. The one who spoke the galaxies into existence, wants us to call him Dad. 

One author told a story about a Hebrew man and his son walking through the airport together. The father was several steps ahead of the little boy. The boy fearing that his father would get out of his sight, ran wildly toward the father screaming “Abba! Abba! Wait!!”.  The author said that it was in that moment that he realized that God has made a way for us to cry out to our heavenly Father. 

In Christ, we have been made sons and daughters of God. Children cry out to their parents when they are in need. How do we learn to pray? By seeing ourselves the same way, as needy children.

Some Things to Think About

Here are some things to think about as we prepare our hearts for Sunday. 

  • Do you ever call God “Dad” in prayer? If not, how might your prayer life change if you did?
  • What are the reasons that calling God “Dad” might seem weird to you? 

Read and meditate on the above verses from Romans chapter 8 and ask the Spirit to help you understand more and more the love of the Father. 

Blessings.

Shane

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