God desires to be our Father. As a loving Father, God provides strength, support, comfort, hope and peace to His children.
He guides their steps. He delights in hearing their voices. He genuinely knows them. They are under His care and watchful eye.
Sometimes, He must discipline them. But, He is longsuffering and always willing to forgive them. God’s children are truly blessed!
In order to have a relationship with the Father, we must first establish a relationship with His Son. In John 14:6, Jesus declares, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
In Matthew 11:27, He says, “No one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son.”
And in John 8:19, He says, “If you come to know Jesus, you will also know the Father.”
How do we come to know Jesus? We come to know Him through His Word.
In John 10:27, Jesus says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
Obeying His word is essential in knowing the Lord. Jesus states in John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
In 1 John 2:3-6, the apostle John recorded the test of knowing God: “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
However, a relationship with God is not just about keeping His commandments (like a checklist of dos and don’ts). We don’t earn or deserve a relationship with the Father nor His offer of salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9). Salvation is the ultimate “gift” the Father gives to His children when they humbly submit their lives to Him in an obedient relationship that is based on love (God’s love for us and our love for Him).
Tragically, the majority of people will fail to experience a real, loving relationship with God “because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it,” (Matthew 7:13-14).
God truly loves us and He wants a relationship with us.
As a loving Father, God requires us to obey His word and rewards our obedience with His gift of salvation and spiritual blessings.
According ot Hebrews 11:6, “He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. And Hebrews 5:9 says Jesus “became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”
To establish and maintain this wonderful relationship with God, the Father, it is essential that we first come to know His Son, Jesus, the Christ, obey Him and continue to follow in His steps.
God wants to bless you as His child.
David Clark is the preacher at Hwy. 13 Church of Christ in Bolivar.