Throughout life, we as Christians refer to God as our Father. Have you ever wondered, what does that mean? How does that work? Does God act like our earthly father? Well, in some cases, He does, but not completely. Let’s look throughout Scripture, and see what the Bible says about how God operates as our Father, and how this should look in our life! First, here is a quick definition of “our heavenly father:”
Heavenly Father: The relationship of God to those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior thereby being born anew into His family.
1. Our Heavenly Father is above all- Ephesians 4:6. When I was growing up, I had a very strict home. I was constantly under watch and supervision by my parents for when to be home and where I was at. I would get upset about that, but at the end of the day, I had to realize and learn that they had that authority over me as my parents. The same is true about our Heavenly Father. He has that authority over us, because He is God. He has authority over you. Here are some verses that show how and what He has authority over in our lives:
Isaiah 64:8 says, “But now, O LORD, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” God has the authority to shape me however He desires. He has authority to create me in His image. As clay, we are in complete and total subjection unto the authority and will of our Father. He can decide what the clay will be.
Jeremiah 3:4 says, “Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth.” God has the authority to guide me where He wants me. If you think of a card driver and his vehicle. The driver has control over what direction the car is heading. The car does not randomly decide where it will be going. The driver decides which direction it wants to go, and the vehicle is in subjection to the driver. It is the same way with God. He is in control of our lives. Sometimes, the road is bumpy, sometimes the road is curvy, and difficult, but God is the driver. We must let Him guide and direct us.
Matthew 12:50 says, “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in Heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” God has the authority to expect my obedience! John 14:15 says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Our obedience is an indicator of our love for God. He has the authority to expect complete obedience from you toward His Word.
Hebrews 12:7-11. God has the authority to correct me. To Chasten means: To punish, chastise, or rebuke with words in order to correct or mold the character of others. I have a 15 month old daughter. She is in a fit stage right now, and I have to correct her when she throws a fit by disciplining her. We all need to be corrected from time to time. The chastisement of our Heavenly Father is always for our good!
2. Our Heavenly Father works through all His children- Ephesians 4:6
God desires to work through us as His children. The word, “through” here in verse 6 conveys the idea of acting as a channel for something to be done. You watch different genres of television on different stations. They do different things, and the message of the directors of the channel’s gets out to the world. We are God’s channels. He desires to work through us to get His message out. You have gifts, and His desire is for you to be used by Him, and for Him to work through you to get His message out.
3. Our Heavenly Father is in us- Ephesians 4:6
God desires a close relationship with us! As my daughter grows up, I want a relationship with her! This requires communication as she gets older. You see Adam and Eve had a relationship with God in the Garden. They walked and talked with God. Then, they sinned, and that hurt and hindered their relationship with God. God still desired for that relationship to happen though. So, God made a way for us to have a relationship! He sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sin so that our sin could be wiped away! It could be forgiven. Why? So that our relationship could be restored! Now, because of Jesus, we can enjoy a relationship with God. What is cool about this relationship is that we do nothing to achieve it; it has already been achieved by Jesus. It has already been done! All you have to do is accept Him.
Who is your Father? Is God your Father? As a Christian, God has the authority over you, and is worthy of your obedience.
If God is not your Father, you are missing out on the greatest relationship you can ever experience.