Romans 8:15

Romans 8:15

Cheryl took this photo and posted it to her facebook page from our vacation. It had been a long day of walking for our four year old son and so I picked him up and carried him. When I saw this picture it touched me in a profound way. This is how God treats everyone who is tired from walking through life on their own strength.

My son had to only do two things to get me to carry him:
1. He had to call me daddy.

The Greek word for “Daddy” is “Abba.” It’s an affectionate term of endearing love for a Father of compassion and grace. Paul uses it in Romans when he writes: Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
I love that verse. No fear with God, just humbly come, call out to Him, confess that you don’t have what it takes to get to heaven or even get on with life on your own terms. Call Him Daddy.

2. He had to reach up to me.

Connor does this thing that I can’t resist when He’s tired and wants me to hold him. He gets in between my legs and lifts both arms up to my stomach and just stays there impeding my walk until I can’t ignore him any more (hey, I’m not God!) . . . Anyway, after a while I just can’t resist, so I pick him up and off we go.

For you and I this is prayer and worship. Two things that God cannot resist and will not ignore. The Bible says He “inhabits our praises.” God responds to worship when we worship in Spirit (Walk in New Life through Christ) and in Truth (agreeing with His Word.) The prayers of God’s children are described as incense to His nostrils in Revelation 8:4.

I encourage you, wherever you are right now to spend the next moment in prayer and worship to God. Tell Him you love Him right now. Tell Him you need Him right now. He will come in, He will not reject you, He responds to your prayers.

Do this every time you find that you can no longer get on in life going your own way.