God as Father: Children of the Living God

J.I. Packer’s Knowing God has perhaps been the single most influential book in my life.  It bears repeated readings, as I am so slow to understand and so quick to forget who He is and who I am in light of Him. It’s filled with too many quotes to mention here, but in light of Father’s Day here’s a snippet worth pondering:

You sum up the whole of New Testament teaching in a single phrase, if you speak of it as a revelation of the Fatherhood of the holy Creator. In the same way, you sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s holy Father. If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.”  (Knowing God, p. 182)

This Father’s Day 2009, as we celebrate our earthly fathers, may we look to our Heavenly Father who adopts such a people as us, cleans us up and makes us beautiful and sets His affection on us forever.

Amazing love, indeed….