"There is no way that a man can love me."
"My own father, who I can see, doesn't love me. How am I supposed to believe that God the Father, who I can not see, loves me?"
"I have done way too many bad things in my life for God to truly love me."
"There is no way that God loves that church...look at the way they act!"
and the list could go on and on...
Sound familiar? It should.
I can't tell you how many times I have heard those words echoed from the mouths of students (and their parents as well). Unfortunately we live in a society that devalues males. Yes, I said it, but it's true. Statistics show that more than 50% of all marriages inside the church will end in divorce. Often the ones that are hardest hit by divorce are children. We now are faced with a generation that, for the most part, has grown up without a father.
What does that have to do with the church and its mission? I believe a great deal of the church's problems can be stemmed from this statistic. Young people do not trust adults, especially men. Why would they? Most of the significant adults in their lives have let them down at one point or another during the course of their lives. To most young people the idea of an affectionate and loving father is foreign to them. That is why it is so difficult for them to understand and believe that they have a Heavenly Father that desperately loves them and desires to have a deep relationship with them.
So what do we do? Do we just quit? By no means! We should just re-think our approach.
We are adopted. Every single person who has ever made a profession of faith and confesses Christ as the Lord of their life had been adopted. No more do we have to live with the stigma or pain of knowing that our father bailed on us when we needed him most. We can replace him with a Heavenly Father who says he will never leave us or forsake us. How amazing is that! We have been adopted by the King of Kings and He loves us simply because we exist!
If you never had the pleasure of crawling up into your daddy's lap while he held you, let God do that today. How does that happen? It happens by us getting into his Word and meditating on it. It also happens by us spending time in prayer before our King. He loves you and desperately wants to spend that quality time with you that you long for also.
Bottom line is this: You have an adopted Father who longs for you to spend time with him. Turn to Him today if you haven't already.
If God has spoken to you through this blog, please access our website at www.brooklandbaptistchurch.net and get in touch with one of the pastors. We care for you and would love to get the opportunity to speak to you.
Serve your King,