Every little boy or girl thinks their dad is the biggest and strongest. We can all recall a time on the playground thinking, “My dad can beat-up your dad!” Well, maybe it wasn’t spoken but we’ve all thought it. We saw our dad as the best super-hero on the block.
As life would have it, parents fail us. Some leave. Some hurt us. Often that vision of our hero is tainted or lost to a fallen and mistake-laden human. Without much thought, our own view of God the Father is skewed through the lens of earthly dads. We lay the fault of our earthly dads on the shoulders of our heavenly Father and allow fear to cripple our destiny. Things we once saw as immeasurably possible are hindered in the wake of fear and doubt. Strength is replaced by fatigue. Faith is lost to worry.
A couple weeks ago we sang a song called “No Longer Slaves.” This song talks about how God’s unending love propels us toward a life of fullness and purpose. While the enemy would want to blind us with fear, God calls us sons and daughters. We’ve been adopted into His family. He is the biggest and strongest dad and we are no longer slaves to fear!
It’s a reminder that according to Romans 8:15, we are adopted into God’s family! We are a child of God. And there are some pretty great perks to being one of God’s kids. Top of the list is the fact that we are not a slave to sin or fear, but He calls us His own. Chosen by love. Adopted into a family.
That’s something to sing about!
“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” – Romans 8:15