As we celebrate and honor fathers, we are compelled to give all praise and thanks to our heavenly Father. Because of Him we are able to cry out, “Abba Father!” (Rom 5:8)
We’ve titled our blog “The Father Heart of God” because adoption reflects God‘s heart and missional purposes in the world. The parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15) is not typically thought of as an adoption story; but, it clearly reveals the Father‘s heart for our adoption. A son walks away from his father‘s love, travels to a far off land, and lives as a Gentile. When he finally comes to his senses, he seeks to return to his father -- not as a son, but a slave. Upon returning, the son confesses his wrong and asks his father to make him as a slave. The Father not only receives him (salvation & justification), but reinstates him as a son (adoption). As Trevor Burke puts it ― “God does not only justify people and then leave them destitute with nowhere to go – he adopts them into the warmth and security of his household.”
What a great God we serve. Leave any praise you have for either your heavenly father or a special father in your life.