In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
In a stunning turn of events, the disciples and the crowds who were listening to Jesus heard something that they had never heard before, or even thought of: That God was their FATHER. They had such a reverential view of God, that when they would write the name of God, YHWH, they would throw away the stylus they were using because it had just become holy, and could not be used for any other purpose.
God as father was a new concept for them. They knew He was sovereign. They knew He was omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. They didn’t realize that He also desired to have that level of intimate relationship with them (and us). Jesus showed them the father through His life. We have been greatly blessed with the writings in the New Testament that show us this wonderful concept. Rather than just a Deity caring for His creation, He is so personally invested in us He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross to reconcile what we have squandered – our spiritual life.
As you go throughout the day, remember that God seeks that level of relationship with you. Go to Him, tell Him that you love Him as “abba” (Aramaic for “daddy”). Then remember to tell your earthly father that you love him too. They both greatly desire to hear from you!
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You are so good to me! You have saved me from my sin, and reconciled me to Yourself. Thank you for your mercy and grace today. Thank you for taking the time to care for my every need. You know all things about me, and even the hairs on my head are numbered. How glorious is your character that You so desire to have this relationship with every human being! Thank You, and bless You this day. Help me to crawl into Your arms today and be with You as a child does with his father. Oh, how you love us! Amen.