At 22, I still view my dad as the same hero that I did when I was a child. Each Father’s Day, I have the chance to celebrate my dad and reflect upon everything he has sacrificed for me. He has been my greatest comforter and supporter. He first taught me about Jesus, and he still encourages me to constantly grow in my faith.
Throughout my life, my dad has provided me with unconditional love, despite my shortcomings. He portrays the grace of God by providing me with love and support that I do not have to earn.
This past weekend, Pastor Calvin Sweeney taught us that “we are adopted into a family of unmerited favor.” God pours out his immense grace and compassion on each of us—not for what we did—but because of who he is. Without a relationship with God, we are hopelessly enslaved to sin and the ways of the world. We fall into the endless cycle of following our own desires, falling into sin, and facing the consequences of our wicked ways.
However, God still looks at us fallen, broken humans and intentionally chooses us to join his perfect family. No amount of good works can earn more of God’s love—he already fully loves each of us, imperfect as we are.
6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.
Pastor Sweeney emphasized that in God’s family, there is no “second-class status.” Each of us is chosen and called by God despite our backgrounds or pasts. He longs for his beloved children to live in community with one another as brothers and sisters, lifting each other up and sharing our triumphs and sufferings with one another. He is a good father, who invites us into an eternal, life-giving family.
In honor of Father’s Day, let us remember that we all have a heavenly Father who looks upon his children with unmerited favor and gives us blessings far beyond what we could ever earn. Like our fathers here on Earth, God is there for us whether we are singing praises or sinking to rock bottom. Despite our struggles, let us not forget that we have a God who wants us to cry out “Abba, Father!” and provide us with blessings far beyond what we could ever imagine.
What are some of the traps that you fall into to try to earn God’s favor?
How can you show others the love and grace of God in your daily life?
Join a Group to get connected with a supportive family of Jesus followers, who will uplift and encourage you.
Identify ways in which you have tried to earn God’s blessings. Ask God in prayer to remind you that he provides his children with unmerited favor and that there is nothing that we must do to earn it.
Heavenly Father, thank you for providing each of us with your unmerited favor. You are such a good father; you freely adopted us into your family and called us to be heirs of your kingdom. Thank you for freeing us from the enslavement of sin and evil, and for giving us freedom through your son, Jesus Christ. Help us to show this grace and mercy to others in our daily lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Isabelle Billnitzer. Isabelle is a regular attender of CedarCreek and serves in the children’s ministry. She is passionate about writing and loves spending time with her family and friends. Her goal is to show people the love of Jesus Christ.
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