It is incredible that God will claim, and has claimed, believers as His children. God is our Father. God uses this relationship picture in a very purposeful way in our relationship with Himself. We all have the human understanding of fatherhood that lends us to see our heavenly Father in relationship with us.
One way that Jesus related Himself to God the Father was that He did the will and work of the Father while He was in ministry on earth. I've looked to scripture to see why that is so impactful and how that relates to us as children of the Father. We see in scripture the concept of the Trinity. We see the union of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, as the Son of God while also equal with God while in the flesh. Obviously, the disciples struggled to see the concept of the Trinity. Even with the whole work of God's written Word, we struggle to see the depth of the Trinity.
The following two verses are some of many where Christ speaks of this Father Son relationship. Reading these verses challenged me to deeper thought and study. I'd encourage you to read the full passage as well:
30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
These verses are almost strange to read on their own. "I can of mine own self do nothing: ..." What is Jesus saying about Himself? He then says that "If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true." Jesus, although 100% God, is adamant that He does not "self-validate" that He is God. Wow! What humility! What loyalty to God the Father. What an amazing reminder to us as children of God. This is the model that we should be following. We are witnesses of God. In fact, God has called us to the responsibility and privilege to be witnesses of Himself as Jesus was. This is a great reminder that God uses people to be His tool of showing Himself to the world.
For us, this means that our lives are not to be lived for ourselves. Our testimony, our works, and our efforts are not to be about ourselves; they are to point people to Christ. The world needs to see our testimony of God! That's how God wishes to reveal Himself to the world. Is God still God if we don't live our lives to testify of Him? Of course. But will we be fulfilled in life if we don't? Will the gospel be affected if we don't?
This thought brought me to some of my most considered verses. Are we like Christ in this most fundamental mission as His children? We must be about testifying of the Father as Jesus, His Son, modeled for us to do.
2 Corinthians 4
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Written by Aaron Lanier