They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” (John 8:19 ESV)
The biggest issue in the modern church is not idol god worship; it’s idle God worship. We all have a different perspective on what it means to be a father. Often times, we believe early on that everyone’s dad is like our dad. However, that simply isn’t true. Jesus’ primary mission while on earth was to reveal who is God the Father.
Idol god worship refers to those who worship a false “god” that can do nothing as though it can do everything. Idols get their power by humans giving their authority to demons. The enemy’s goal in idol god worship is to keep you active and give you power outside of the church.
Idle God worship refers to those who worship the true God who can do everything as though he can do nothing. Idle God worship occurs when humans follow the rules of man above the Law and love of God. The enemy’s goal in idle God worship is to keep you inactive, ineffective, unfruitful, and powerless within the church.
God the Father:
The way we worship the one true God who can do everything as though he can do everything is by recognizing who that God really is. Acknowledging the attributes and characteristics of God the Father will help us to see who he is in relation to us. God’s attributes are his permanent intrinsic qualities. God is spirit, personal, characterized by life, infinite, and constant (to name a few). God’s character develops based on the revelation of himself to humanity. Morally, God is holy, righteous, and pure. His integrity is genuine and faithful. His love is benevolent, graceful, merciful, and persistent. He is merciful because he doesn’t give us what we deserve, but is graceful because he gives us what we don’t deserve.
Who is Your Father?
Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” From the moment we accept Jesus as Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit within our hearts. The Spirit is who empowers us to have a right understanding and relationship with God the Father.
Who is your Father? If you haven’t had a full relationship with God the Father, turn to Jesus today and allow the Holy Spirit to empower you in this area.
Pastor Zac Breckenridge