Yesterday I preached for Steve when he was out of town. Go to http://blog.sycamoretreechurch.com to read the jist of it. (the one dated 3/22) In the midst I tried to explain what it means to be a “child of God.” We don’t act like our Father is the Creator of the Universe, King above every earthly ruler. That’s who my Daddy is! We seem to forget that our Father owns all of creation, the cattle on a thousand hills, the earth. We forget that Jesus said blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.
As I shared, I said that like any child I would one day inherit everything that belongs to my Father. As I shared it dawned on me that I didn’t really have everything that the daughter of a King might have, but perhaps it’s because I have a good Father, one who knows what’s best for me and only gives me as much as He knows I can handle. He only gives me as much as He knows I’ll give Him glory with. And as I learn how to properly take care of and use wisely what He’s given me, He’ll give me more. After all, that’s what a good parent does.
Later in the day I was thinking about so many people who seem to have so much more and don’t even call on God as Father. After a short pity party, I realized it’s because they have a father too. It’s just that they have a selfish and unwise father. I’ve known for a long time that to not follow God is to follow Satan. Many prefer to think that they follow no one, but scripture says otherwise. These folks have a parent who gives and gives, because he doesn’t care if they fall or are destroyed by the excess. It’s like an earthly parent who doesn’t give two hoots about their children and buy them presents to make up for their lack of parenting and then wonder why the kids grow up in such a sorry state.
It made me appreciate my Father and the way that He watches out for me and gives me what I need, when I need it and keeps me humble in the midst.