Reconciled to the Father
God’s intention for fatherhood is glorious. (I’ll probably ruffle a few feathers with the generalisations and traditional roles that I’ll be referring to but if you can look past that to the heart of what I’m saying, there may be something in it for you.)
In general terms, fathers are the protectors in the family. They have physical strength that often causes the women and children to feel safer when they’re around. Fathers often take on the primary role of providing for the family and a father’s words carry much weight when it comes to building a sense of identity into their children.
Fathers are important. There are children’s needs that they are specifically graced and gifted to meet.
The pattern of family that we have on Earth helps us to understand Who God is and Who He wants to be for us, His children.
Jesus is awesome! He is our Brother, (Hebrews 2:11, Rom 8:29) and He gave Himself for us. As great as Brothers are though, they don’t replace a Father.
When Jesus walked the Earth, He performed many signs and wonders. He healed the sick. The bible says He came to undo the works of the Devil. Thousands followed Him and received from His ministry. There was another reason that Jesus came though – He came to reveal the Father to us and to reconcile us to our Heavenly Father.
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father”
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
The majority of those who received from Jesus’ ministry when He was on Earth, didn’t go on to receive the fullness of what He came to do – they didn’t go through Jesus to enjoy a reconciled relationship with Father God. There were multitudes who listened to Him and received healings and miracles and yet there were only 120 disciples gathered on the day of Pentecost to receive the Gift from the Father.
There are many Christians today who are enjoying relationship with Jesus and receiving from His ministry, but who haven’t come into an intimate connection with the One who Jesus came to reconcile us to.
There can be a variety of reasons why even as Christians we haven’t come into the relationship with our Heavenly Dad that He desires to have for us. For me, I didn’t even realize that I wasn’t properly connected.
I had been a Christian for about 10 years and was praying one day when these words came out of my mouth “Father if there is anything standing in the way of my relationship with you, please show me”. I thought afterwards, “that’s a funny thing to pray” and didn’t think anymore of it.
Well, the next day, I had the realisation that childhood wounds had created trust issues with God. It was crazy, things that I believed I had fully dealt with came up and I saw how the lack of protection from my earthly father created a blockage to me fully trusting my Heavenly Father. With the help of Holy Spirit, I was able to work through the issues and come into a new depth of relationship with my Heavenly Dad. If anyone had of said to me that I had any issues with Father God I would have laughed at them, and yet, it was there, hidden under the surface. I never consciously thought those things but still they were a blockage in my ability to connect with Him.
Since that time, my whole Christian life has been different. Prior to that I knew He was there – but He was kind of “up there” in the Heavenlies somewhere. I knew logically that He loved me, but since that time I can feel Him close. I feel protected and like a warm blanket of His presence been placed all around me. It’s so much easier to trust Him now. I used to have a lot of issues with fear but because my Heavenly Dad is so close now, fear is so much easier to conquer.
I want to encourage you to ask Holy Spirit to show you if there is anything hindering your relationship with Father God. We are all on a journey of getting closer to God and having our minds renewed so no matter how close we are now, our minds can be renewed in a way that enables us to have greater intimacy.
After asking that question you may realise a need for emotional healing like I did. While there are times when we can work through those issues with the help of Holy Spirit, there are times when it’s more beneficial to have some inner healing or counselling sessions with someone who is trained in those areas.
May your relationship with your Heavenly Father go from strength to strength and glory to glory!