Just Call Him "Daddy"
Being "Sons of God"
Just Call Him “Daddy”
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:15-16
Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6 (NIV)
What a wonderful thought, we are “sons (and daughters) of God”! Throughout the bible we see references to “children of God” or “sons of God”, but do we really understand this relationship? First we are loved as children of God because He created each and every one of us, and He loves His creation. Second, when we receive the Holy Spirit we are adopted spiritually as sons of God. These verses of scripture tell us that the Holy Spirit that is within us cries out “Abba, Father”. What does “Abba” mean? It’s an Aramaic word meaning Father; however, this particular word implies a level of intimacy like that of a child saying “Daddy”. Many people when talking about God the Father are either thinking of God as a Father in the sense that He is our creator, or they’re thinking Him as a High Priest as Jesus is described in the book of Hebrews; however, these scriptures tell us there is something more.
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we become more than just God’s creation or God’s followers, we become His sons and daughters. We can come to God, no-longer just as our creator, no-longer just as a High Priest, but as our loving father who cares deeply for us. Beginning this kind of relationship with God lays the foundation for all further spiritual growth.
Think about it this way. Remember being a small child and fearlessly jumping off of something that seemed really high knowing that your father would catch you. Remember learning to ride a bike and knowing you could look back and your father would be there holding on so you didn’t fall until you got your balance. Remember how it felt to just fearlessly trust that your father would always be there for you. Remember being able to go to your father with any problem and he always knew what to say or do or how to fix it. That is what our relationship with God can be like. If God asks us to take a reckless leap of faith we can rest assured that He’ll be there to catch us. If we have a problem that seems impossible we can talk to God about it and He’ll help us through it. If you want to become more courageous or fearless in your relationship with God, just call Him “Daddy” (Abba, Father). 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV) says “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong”. Be courageous, just call Him “Daddy”!