Every person on this earth will have an opportunity to make their distinction, in life about who their father is. It’s not something we are going to get out of, whether we are a believer or not. You must pick a side eventually and yes you change teams in the middle of the game, but you do ultimately have to decide who you’re going play for. In the Bible, we see many men and Jesus himself referred to as son of their fathers or of a certain place. For example, when Peter first met Jesus he was introduced as Simon, son of John. Jesus himself was referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, giving credit to the fact that the prophecy was correct. We even see Nathanael put down Jesus for being from Nazareth stating “nothing good” can come from there. This is a cultural standard that is done the same but different in the United States and mostly done by last names. Your identity still reflects your family and where you grew up. So, I ask, very simply, “who’s your daddy?” Who made you and brought you into this earth? Odds are if you are a follower of Jesus, you know you are created by GOD and came from GOD. GOD makes it clear in HIS word that we are eternal souls and we will have everlasting life or everlasting shame/contempt, either way though you are an everlasting being. (Daniel 12:2, Matthew 25:46) Although, being created by GOD does not give you a free ticket to the good side of eternal life. This is where you have to pick a side to identify with. In the scripture reading on Sunday, in John 8 starting in verse 41, Jesus explains that you imitate whoever you identify with. He was explaining to the people that if they identified with GOD as your Father, then you would love Jesus and in turn not try to kill him. The father you imitate is the father you claim. If you are NOT claiming Jesus, as your father, you are claiming the Enemy is. It’s just that simple, straight out from the red words themselves. God lets every person make this distinction in their life, with the catch that you cannot sit on the fence, you must choose a side. You must choose a Father.
A few years ago, I was down in Wilmington by the water and this street performer-juggler, brought my 4-year-old son into his act and started asking him questions while throwing the balls to him. It was obvious that he was banking on the fact that kids say funny thing and that if he asked the right questions everyone would laugh. He started asking him questions and my son answered them. He then asked him, “how did you get here?” the street performer wanted him to say he drove, so he could make fun of the fact that 4 years old can’t drive. Instead, my son paused and said in a very logical tone, “well…GOD made me.” The crowd laughed hysterically and the show stopped because of it for a few minutes. Although, the funny thing was, my 4-year-old son was not laughing at all and further more could not figure out what was so funny. It is interesting to me that we go through our life answering questions that are basic and worldly, but why do we not identify with the fact that we are simply on this planet because God made us. Can’t we believe that its really that simple?
I envy people who have Christian families. I have never been a person that had this in my life and in fact my reality has been very opposite. Although, I did go to church for a short period as child, my parents were very skeptically about religion and did not live their life in accordance with Christian teachings. So, as I got older, I would go to church and youth group alone just knowing in my heart that this is where I was supposed to be. In my mid 20’s I really realized the human faults my parents lived with and I was angry about the fact that I never had Christian role model parents that really taught me about the one true important thing in life, GOD himself. Then one day, I was driving and it occurred to me that I did not have to be angry anymore- that GOD had always been there for me and took care of me when my parents couldn’t. I didn’t need to begrudge the parents that raised me because GOD had been there the entire time. In fact, they were just as human as me and I was not any better than them because I had realized this. Our timing is not GOD’s timing and we must cling to HIM and love people.
When you choose to identify and associate GOD as your Father, things in your life will change. You will start to hear him in whatever way GOD speaks to you. Jesus said this very plainly in John 8: 43. When you pick a side whether it be a child of GOD or a child of the Enemy you will imitate that Father. It’s important to note that we do not always understand our parents. When you start living your life for Jesus, it’s not an easy prayer you pray and you will be different forever. It’s really about surrendering to the fact that you will NOT understand everything but that GOD is bigger than you can ever comprehend and you must trust HIM. I would challenge us all not to be consumed by the idea of family on this earth, but really see that God the Father is ultimately all the family we need. Where we came from on this earth does not matter, it only matters where we go with GOD after. I pray we can all have the innocence of a child and the courage to say, “God made me, HE is my Father.”