Friday, 13 June 2014
Time with the Father
Oh how my boys love to copy what their Dad is doing. Whether they like it or not, they try everything in their power to be miniature (or not so miniature anymore) versions of him. Exasperatingly, they copy the way he burps; the way he keeps a tea towel over his shoulder and of course, they take on his love for the outdoors and adventures.
They love him, so they do what he does.
But if they never spent any time with him, they wouldn't know what to copy. They wouldn't know that every now and then he loves to get on the floor and wrestle until it hurts. They wouldn't know that he likes to iron or that he enjoys serving other people. They wouldn't know that he can't resist trying new foods, even if he has no idea what he is eating (And they wouldn't know that I have no sympathy for him in the aftermath).
In the Bible, Jesus says he only does what he sees his father doing. How would he know what his father is doing unless he spends time with him? The very reason he spoke to the people he spoke to, healed the people he healed, rescued the victims of injustices and called to follow him the people he called was because he spent time with his father, searching to see what he was doing.
Likewise, in order to live our Jesus-following lives to the full, we need to spend time with our father seeking out his heart. A legalistic, clock-watched half hour of reading the bible and praying through a dry prayer list doesn't quite fit the description. Father God is calling us to actually be with him. He wants us to know his heart. He wants to talk with us and love us. He wants us to pray for his kingdom to come on earth like in heaven. He wants to lead us and show us the next steps.
He wants us to do what we see him doing.
And then, we do it too!
No complicated formulas for success, just spending time with our father in heaven and saying yes when he calls us. There's never been a more exciting adventure!