A Rightful Role

by Carolyn Hope

Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God. Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father. (John 16:26-28)

Jesus had a close, intimate relationship with His Father. More often than not, He referred to God as “the Father,” not ‘my Father’ as we would say or expect him to say. That implies something: God is not just a father, He is the Father. The one and only. The greatest, the best, the truest of them all. He is the Father who loves us more than we can comprehend. He is the perfect Father.

As Jesus knew His Father intimately, now we can too. Just as the Father loves Jesus, He loves us. We are the dearly beloved children of God (see 1 John 3:1-2)! There is no need for any distance. Jesus came to this earth and lived a perfect life for us; He is our example. His greatest, deepest relationship was with God, His Father. If we are to follow Him, shouldn’t we draw close to our Father as well?

The Lord longs to be a Father to you. Let Him into your heart. He desires to know you intimately and share Himself with you. Whether you have the best father you could hope for or none at all in your life, there is a Perfect Father who can and will meet every need of your heart. All you have to do is let Him. Sometimes it’s scary. Many times it’s hard. I encourage you to press through that and discover His radical Daddy’s love for you. It’s truly unlike any other.

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