"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together."
(Romans 8:14-17, NKJV)
It's a shame to see a fatherlessness generation growing rampant in America. Even individuals who have both parents living in the household often have "absentee" fathers. So many children either grow up without fathers or in dysfunctional families. They grow up insecure and unprotected, struggling to feel loved.
The Bible says, "You don't have many fathers" (1 Corinthians 4:15). That person in our lives who helps us locate our identity and become who God intended us to be. Fathers serve their sons and daughters by helping them to discover who they are. In that, they gain security in their identity and are not easily deterred when temptation comes their way. The growing epidemic of fatherless families has taken a grave toll on children, both young and old, in the form of emotional, social, spiritual, academic, physical, criminal, and suicidal issues later on in life.
Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school, experiment with drugs, and have increased odds for crime and incarceration.
The good news is ... the Spirit of God enables every believer to call God "Abba, Father" or "Daddy" (v. 15). In fact, God revealed Himself throughout the Old Testament as "Father" (Jer 3:19). He is the perfect father who cares for each and every one of us. His love is greater than that of any earthly father. His love is perfect. Human fatherhood is imperfect however, God's love and plan for our lives never falls short.
Believers are God's children and we can be confident in knowing that we have been adopted into a new family. We no longer have to live a life of bondage but we can be secure in knowing that God has given us a Spirit of adoption. We are no longer orphans.
As adopted believers, we are new individuals beginning a new life. In the legal court system, the adopted individual gains all the rights as the one born into the family. They are legitimate heirs to the father's estate. In the same way, we all can enjoy what God has for us. He desires to share all good things with His children!
"Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close."
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .